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  3. I really like this image.... and I feel it. I love that you used Elizabeth Goudge’s prayer as a framework for your own. It’s amazing to me how much richness can come out of using the trellis of someone else’s words. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Thank you, @Renee Mathis, @Joy Manning, and @Elizabeth Giger! I’m glad to know these images resonated with you.
  5. @Renee Mathis, I love this, "death's tiny squeak." It puts the stench and question of dominion in perspective.
  6. I love the way you play with the idea of what is hidden, with the way that we grasp and fight with all our being for what we cannot find, even for what we think God has taken from us, only to find it in God at the end. Well done!
  7. Beautiful, Elizabeth! I also noticed and felt the vivid, concrete ways you describe our loss and our yearning for what was, and for what we hoped in the things that were. You point to the paradox of the grave and resurrection with the images of birth and tomb, breath and heavy chests. And in the end, the hiddenness, the shovels and dirt speak not of corpses, but treasure! Thank you!
  8. Thank you, Elizabeth! I noticed two things as a read. Your very concrete image of "dirt underneath our fingernails" spoke to me of the very physical, very real things that accompany losses. Second, you made me think of how even we are lost, we are in a tomb, until Christ's love resurrects us from death. Praise God that we are not lost to Him!
  9. In the night, the year sits heavily on our chest; It has stolen our dreams and now it steals our breath. How long, O Lord, until we come up for air, How long until we sleep in peace? We grasp for the precious things— It took them right from our hands. We bury things never birthed; We laid them to rest before they even stirred. Lord, awake! Why are you sleeping? Give us back the things you took! We tear at the ground for them— There is dirt underneath our finge
  10. Elizabeth, this is beautiful, and I love the artworks to go alongside! I like that you express a full range of emotion, just as we often see in the psalms of Scripture, as well as the various dimensions: personal, corporate, God-ward.
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  12. I know You, God You said You’d always be with us And You were there, among your people. I know You heard it all The prayers, the rain, The footfall of the 5000. The unborn heart beating loudly across the parklands in the city of churches. And You heard too the later debates, the decisions, the self-congratulations. Nothing escapes You. This hurts. Hearts are breaking with love for them both. Hearts that burned for Your will to be done here, in our state, as in heaven. now dry as dust, disappointed. Disheartened So why God? Who have
  13. Elizabeth, what a fitting prayer for this Lenten season. The artwork is a new thing for me! Mixing words with visual images is not something I do well so I appreciate your bringing your choices here to further illuminate your words. Thank you!
  14. I used a trinity of prayers from the British author, Elizabeth Goudge, as a framework for my own psalm: Lord have mercy. Thee we adore. Into thy hands. I also added art because I love weaving together words and visual art. http://madesacred.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bertram_Mackennal_-_Grief-300x251.jpg Lord have mercy. We are lost, are broken, are despairing. Our world is wandering in darkness. Our churches are falling into division. Our hearts are mired in filth. Rise up, O God! Defend your people! Rescue your world! We are lost without you.
  15. This was so creative! I really liked the way you turned the death of such a tiny piece of creation into your Psalm of Lament.
  16. (Jonathan - thank you for posting this exercise! We have all experienced death in many ways over these past few months and there are great sadnesses and losses everywhere we look. This particular "death" was recent-yesterday- and this exercise forced me to see it in a new way. This assignment stretched me and I'm grateful for the opportunity. I will also add that it's hard to go first! - Renee) The Mouse in the Attic This vermin in our world is a curse. Death has silenced the nightly clattering above Its stench assaults us and profanes the air. The questi
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  18. Hi! So idk how this really works but do you have other Cfekiz stories? I think a lot of us would like to see them & more of the language! Thanks!! 🙂 

    1. Lilliana

      Lilliana

      Hi @Sophie Parks! That’s really kind of you. Yes, I do have lots more. Hmmm... do you have any ideas as to where I could put them, so that they don’t get in the way? Thanks again, @Sophie Parks

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  20. Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I am going to miss all of you an I am honored that I had this chance to get to know all of you and read your writing!

    You all have encouraged me in my writing and I am so thankful for that!

    God bless you all!

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    2. Grace

      Grace

      @Isabella I hope you do publish! You are a great writer, and I bet a lot of people would like your books. Including me!😃

      Thank you!

    3. Isabella

      Isabella

      Thank you so much @Grace! I have really enjoyed writing my book, but sometimes I have second thoughts of 'is it only me who likes this?' so hearing that is really wonderful! Thanks again Grace and all of you for the encouragement! 

    4. Grace

      Grace

      @Isabella You are welcome! I agree.

  21. @Sophia@Sosi

    So I talked to my group, and they would be willing to let more people on, if you're interested.

    It's a google hangout, so it's basically like texting except you have to have a gmail account to get on. When you join (well, if you join) it doesn't show your email address, just your name. My mom is on there too, and I think you could add your parent also, if you want/need to. 

    Anyway, the idea is we make a story up as a group, kind of like a RP. It's @Kaylee, @Lilliana, @Cosette, @Ava and me. 

    I can post the link if your interested. And I can also just post the link to the google doc if you just want to check that out. And there's absolutely no pressure to do it.

    Cheers!!

    Also, is there anyone else who wants to join? Or who you guys think should join? I'm not trying to be exclusive, I just don't really know any one else...wait...maybe...

    @Team Basel@Abigail (Abby)@Isabella@Romana@Ally

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    3. Liza

      Liza

      I hope you found it @Isabella

      Sorry I have not posted a story this week guys! I am working on it!

    4. Isabella

      Isabella

      I had it, I just wanted to make sure you did @Liza! Thanks though! XD

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    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      you have to enable them in settings. i think if you go to edit profile it should say something about status updates.

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    4. Grace
  23. Hi everyone! I thought if I didn't get to write essays about Jim Feral I'd post them here, if anyone is interested in the plot! 

  24. Thank you guys so much for making this class an amazing experience! I hope you leave inspired and ready to keep writing; and may God bless you and Keep you! 

    1. Aubrey

      Aubrey

      Aww! Best Wishes to you too Lilliana! You are an amazing writer! Are you doing writing with Feechies? I hope to see you there! 

    2. Lilliana

      Lilliana

      Unfortunately not, but i do wish to keep in contact with you! 

  25. Hey! Y'all (girls)!! I just had a totally awesome idea! Since alot of us have super cool strong female characters, we should collaborate and create a group of strong, female, butt-kicking warrior girls who travel throughout worlds and fight bad guys, ensue chaos and have fun!

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    2. Ava

      Ava

      Oh no. I think it was good.

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      cool.

      if it helps anyone's parents, my mom is going to be on there as an admin, just to make sure everything's okay. she's not really worried about us though.

    4. Sosi

      Sosi

      Ok thanks! I'll just double check with my mom!

  26. Hi ma peeps! if we have talked at all, or even if you want to talk in the future, here is my hangouts: uhlesfam@gmail.com. it is under my mom's account, so even tho the name is different, it's rlly me. can't wait to chat 🙂

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    2. Sarah
    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      just have to figure out how it works....

    4. Kaylee

      Kaylee

      it's part of a google account, if you have one. if you don't, idk...

  27. omg. i am such a nerd/loser with no life. lol i have been on this for like 5 hours.... that's kinda sad..also i'm turning 16 in 13 days! yay!!!

    1. Kaylee

      Kaylee

      10 days now!!!

    2. Aubrey

      Aubrey

      ooh awesome! You are not a loser Kaylee, you seem like an amazing person!

  28. wow... a saturday afternoon and there is like not alot of people on.... honestly i'm surprised.

  29. and once again, i am like legit the only one here..... 😞  feels like i can't participate in anything. Why do i have so much dang school work!!! Grrrrr 😫

    1. Valentine

      Valentine

      I get it, Kaylee. To think that our Junior year is supposed to be harder than our Sophomore year... I'm not sure I'll make it. It really makes it hard to do extra activities and actually be on top of things. 

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