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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Vows in Lace and Tie
By Francy Judge
08/11/11
~2nd Place


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The Bridal Chorus began;
A viola sang soft notes
Rippling over rows of familiar faces,
sailing across stained glass windows
like the sweet smell of lilacs.
I waited like a nervous penguin,
swaying side to side.

And I saw her,
an angel flowing in white satin
trimmed with scalloped lace;
a circle of baby’s breath crowned
endless auburn waves;
my stomach spiraled to my feet;
our eyes locked,
and she smiled.
A prima ballerina
sashayed down the aisle.

Before God we promised
to love
‘til death
with sincere hearts.

But our vows in lace and tie
crashed into reality
before love could root
and live.

What happened
to our hearts that skipped
at the sight of one another?
To the perfect couple?
Could we forget the years,
Could we forget that day
of promise and hope?

Can bitter thoughts spoken
be blamed for hearts broken?

Or did trials snag a thread
that unraveled our home
letting tension crawl through the cracks?
Could you hear the silence too?

But we promised God
who keeps his promises,
who said he’d never leave us
nor forsake us.

We prayed;
He answered...

If we’re patient,
hold our eyes at the moment
and trust Him,
He can mend each tear,
one sincere stitch at a time.

The Bridal Chorus hummed
in our hearts again
as we renewed our vows
to love
‘til death.

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Andrea Willard 08/13/11
We prayed and He answered. The answer. You captured the Father's heart.
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/13/11
This story was sweet with that held profound commentary that resounded throughout the entire read. I loved it. Good job! God Bless~
Linda Goergen08/13/11
This is such a refreshing read, with sadly, even Christians today preparing pre-marital agreements and planning for the event of divorce before the relationship and marriage even begins! As this poem messages, keeping God the center of their lives and marriage is what needs to be concentrated on! Earnestly loving God and one another is definitely what is important! Great message, well written!
Mona Purvis08/18/11
A very-well deserved 1st place ribbon! This is just wonderful.
Janice Fitzpatrick08/18/11
Wow! This touched my heart deeply. "I won't cry, I won't cry." (tears) :) Congratulations on your well deserved win hon. Amazingly written and anointed by the Holy Spirit. Truly this speaks to the heart!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/18/11
Just beautiful--a much deserved EC win. Congratulations!
Rachel Phelps08/18/11
Lovely imagery! Congratulations on your EC!
Amica Joy08/19/11
This makes me ache for every broken marriage in my circle of friends - and it is a great and beautifully written testimony of God's power in our lives.
Bonnie Bowden 08/26/11
Congratulations on your 2nd place EC award. My favorite line was But our vows in lace and tie crushed into reality before love could root and live.

My sister is getting married in a couple of weeks. Hopefully their's will last through all their living days on earth.