February 7, 2021

Rewrite of God’s Armor

Filed under: My Writing Experiences — ccassello @ 11:47 pm


Put on the whole armor God.
Don't rely on self-defense.
You can't see what you're up against.

Verse 1:

The helmet of salvation will guard your thoughts.
When you are saved, they can't be bought.
Knowledge needs to be protected and your motives be inspected.
In a world teaching self-serve, will you obey God without reserve?

Verse 2:

The heart is covered by the breastplate.
Righteousness eliminates all hate.
Show love to your enemy as you're told. Do not let your heart grow cold.
You can't win conflicts by being mean. Your real opponent can't be seen.

Verse 3:

Girt your loins about with truth.
Telling lies is quite uncouth.
Deceit and cunning are demonic snares, of which you need to be aware.
Say what you mean, mean what you say. You'll keep the enemy at bay.

Verse 4:

The shield of faith will quench all doubt.
Those Firey darts will soon burn out.
Hold it up, don't let it drop. If you do, you will not stop.
You will re-power, gaining strength with every hour.

Verse 5:

The feet wear peace, for they must travel,
Over smooth roads and rocky gravel.
Peace will be going wherever you are, whether near, or whether far.
People you meet along the way will want to join with you one day.

Verse 6:

Last, the two-edged sword, God's Word.
It is how God's voice is heard.
The Bible is a searchlight, exposing all that isn't right.
Its blade is sharp and will sever all ungodly endeavour.







November 17, 2018

The Item in the Suitcase

Filed under: My Writing Experiences — ccassello @ 12:19 am

I just read the story I wrote for the GeNarrations program at our local performance today. This is a 7 week class in which writing coaches from the Goodman Theater work with senior citizens (and I think some non seniors too now) at various centers around the city to help us write stories from our lives that relate in some way to the play they are showing and we get to see the play. The program is free and so is our ticket to the play.

After we write our stories, we read them to an audience of other writers from the other classes the instructor teaches (Julie Ganey has three now) and guests we invite. Then we pick one from each class to represent our group at a citywide performance in which members of all of the locations are in attendance.

The play this session was A Lady in Denmark and the theme was about music and memories because in the one woman show, she relates how music played an important role in her life and the things she remembers when she hears certain songs, singers, etc. Billie Holiday was an important person she remembered being a fan of and getting to meet in person.

I called my story The Item in the Suitcase to give it a little suspenseful beginning. Of course my group had heard my draft as we wrote our stories, so it was no surprise to them. I got several compliments after the program ended and one person requested a copy of it to send to a relative. I can post it, if I get comments asking me to do so. If you would like to read it, let me know.

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