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Previous Challenge Entry
Topic: Water (04/26/04)

TITLE: Headaches and Lifeaches
By Laurie Kiel
04/30/04

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The headache begins tentatively, lightly tapping the inside of my temples politely asking for attention. I ignore it and go about my daily distractions. The tapping turns to pounding, as the headache refuses to be dismissed. I pick up the aspirin bottle, preparing to swallow a handful of hoped for relief. I set it down, and pick up a large glass of water. Not to wash down the aspirin but to replace it. I down the water, and then another, and another. And slowly, the headache subsides. It was a dehydration headache. Itís easy to misdiagnose since a headache, not thirst, is the cry for water.

My lifeache begins tentatively, lightly tapping the inside of my heart politely asking for attention. I ignore it and go about my daily distractions. The tapping turns to pounding, as the life ache refuses to be dismissed. Iím depressed, irritable, unsatisfied. Iím tempted to drown my sorrows in food, in television , or in reading a tabloid. But instead I pick up Godís Word, water to my thirsty soul. It was a dehydration life ache. Itís easy to misdiagnose since a lifeache, not spiritual thirst, is the cry for Godís water.

The best way for me to avoid that dehydration headache is to keep drinking deep of fresh, clear water and keep myself fully hydrated. The best way for me to avoid a life ache is to keep drinking deep of the fresh clear water of the Word and keep myself fully spiritually hydrated.

Whether itís a life ache or a headache, distraction will never cure dehydration. But Godís wonderful water willÖ if I only drink it in.


Member Comments
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Naomi Deutekom05/03/04
I like the comparison to the head ache. Great truth in a small package.
Leticia Caroccio05/05/04
Wow! Great comparison between two aches. My mom suffers from headaches and I will be sharing this one with her. Beautifully done!
L.M. Lee05/06/04
I liked the parallels you drew in this piece.