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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

TITLE: Nobody's Fool
By Catrina Bradley
10/06/08


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Nobody’s Fool


They called us fools for seeking a god who had no face, no image. Indeed, when we set out on this journey, this pilgrimage, we were elevated in the opinion of most in Persia to The Kings of All Fools.

    We three “kings” of orient are.

But we knew the truth, and their taunts fazed us naught. We were convicted and would not be deterred. We set out upon a road uncertain for a destination unknown in search of a true King.

We procured riches from the land to offer Him, but what earthly gift could possibly be fit to lay before the One we seek? My offering is closely guarded – I’ll not divulge its hiding place, but suffice it to say it will be secure still when I reach the end of this trek.

          Bearing gifts we traverse afar.

We have traveled a great distance, over lands as varied in their makeup as the people who populate them: from farmers eking an existence from the field, to fishermen plucking their livelihood from the earth’s generous fount; across barren moorland to the foot of a treacherous mountain range seemingly inhabited only by clouds.

                Field and fountain; moor and mountain.

News of our journey precedes us; verily, wherever we travel, we are expected and welcomed, and encouraged. The one constant among the diversity--the yonder star that beckons. From the onset of this journey, none of us could deny its unspoken command – “Follow.”

                          Following yonder star.

Each of us is acclaimed in our field of reading the heavens and gleaning its mysteries, but this star is like nothing any of us has observed; still we know what it is, and we know of the wonder that awaits at the terminus of its course across the sky: the prophesied Messiah. The star’s night-brilliance rules the darkness, and lo, even at the height of day its divine light will not be denied prominence in the heavens, competing handily with the radiance of the sun. This star’s bright beauty heralds Royalty.

                                    Oh, star of wonder; star of night. Star with royal beauty bright.

Westward it leads us; and westward we pursue it. Westward from our Persia, where Hebrews have settled bringing with them chronicles of their God and His promise of a Messiah. For years we poured over their holy writings; for years we scoured the sky for this sign.

                                            Weswtard leading, still proceeding.

As astounded as I was to witness the birth of this supernatural star, it was surely affirmation of my growing trust in this unseen God of the Hebrews. My heart is barely contained in my chest, pounding as it is at the thought of being in His very presence.

Alas, here I must close; the candle burns precariously low and I must preserve the precious wax. If anyone should find and read this journal, may he be assured of the certainty I carry in my core of the divinity of the One I seek, whose perfect Light will outshine the brilliance of even this magnificent star that guides us to Him.

                                                          Guide us to thy perfect light.

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NOTE:
“We Three Kings of Orient Are”
Words and Music By: Rev. John H. Hopkins, circa 1857.
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Dixie Phillips 10/09/08
This is awesome! Such talent. WOW!
Holly Westefeld10/10/08
I enjoyed the uniqueness and perspective of this journal.
Charla Diehl 10/11/08
I liked the tone of the MC and the way you layed this out. Very clever take on the topic.
Jan Ackerson 10/13/08
Great pacing--this builds to a crescendo just at the right place--wonderful ending! Nice job, Catrina!
Yvonne Blake 10/13/08
I like the back and forth of the song and first person narration... Well done!
Joy Faire Stewart10/13/08
Beautiful, interesting, and very creative...making it one of my favorites this week.
Chely Roach10/13/08
Wow, this was awesome. One of my favorites this week! Love it!
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/14/08
A wonderful entry! You had the language style just right for the times and created a masterpiece.
Joshua Janoski10/14/08
Wow. Outstanding work here! Not only is your writing superb, but the way that you formatted the piece made it even better!

You should get top honors just for being able to format that start properly at the end. LOL! Sometimes it's hard to get the HTML tags to work just right.

All kidding aside, this was VERY GOOD!
Joshua Janoski10/14/08
Whoops. I meant to say format that "star" properly in my last comment. :)
Loren T. Lowery10/14/08
Cat, this is simply wonderful. It is a diary complete with musical accompaniment. It is as if the 3 kings were inside the writer's mind, begging their story to be told. And told it was, so well. And the star? Well, that was a little magic that made this complete...a little surprise present just like at Christmas
Joanne Sher 10/14/08
Beautiful - and gorgeous language (how long did you spend formatting that star????). Very well done, dear Cat
Karlene Jacobsen 10/14/08
This is an incredible account from the eyes of one of the magi.
Marijo Phelps10/15/08
Loved it verse by verse the story behind the story. Creative and relevent.
Valarie Sullivan10/15/08
Very creative! Loved how you wove the song into his narrative.
Shelley Ledfors 10/15/08
Lovely! Creative and well written. And, as others have said--I love the formatting. Well done!
Leah Nichols 10/16/08
Very creative - I liked this piece very much. :)
Lyn Churchyard10/16/08
An incredibly unique entry. The descriptions of the journey blending with the words of the carol - superb!

Wonderful story, Cat, simply wonderful.
Norma-Anne Hough 10/16/08
Awesome. really enjoyed reading this piece.
Blessings,
Norms
Melissa Mullnix10/27/08
Very beautiful!
Beth LaBuff 11/17/08
I love this, "fishermen plucking their livelihood from the earth's generous fount" and "barren moorland to the foot of a treacherous mountain range seemingly inhabited only by clouds" Your title is perfect for this wonderfully written account.
Mona Purvis05/27/09
I enjoyed reading this so much. Very creative, entertaining, well-written, beautiful story. Loved it.
Mona
Jan Ackerson 11/27/10
Catrina, I'm going to feature this on the Front Page Showcase for the week of Dec. 27. Look forit on the FaithWriters' home page--and congratulations!
Rita Garcia12/28/10
WOW! Thanks for the blessing! I'm so happy this was showcased and I got a chance to read it!