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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Barbeque/Cookout (09/06/12)

TITLE: restoration morning
By Karen Pourbabaee
~5th Place


restoration morning

night descending upon vast sea waters
brings recall of another darkness
glowing warmth of charcoal fire
searing pain of shattering faith
lost in swirling smoke drifting heavenward
while shame pours down onto the dusty earth
changed by a moment of fear

rhythms of our boat gliding across Tiberian waters
bring not the familiar peace of yesteryear
this night we toil for an empty net
comradery comforting in uncertain times
yet ever aware of His absence
remembering His call at Galilee
“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”*
abandoning our nets
leaving sea behind
to follow Him
changed by a moment of faith

sunlight paints the darkened waters bright
along the shore a voice calls to His children
leading the way to a burgeoning net
“It is the Lord,” John proclaims*
and I go toward Him in the waters
leaving net and sea behind, once again
for a place at His side
changed by a moment of joy

gentle sea breezes hasten me to the One
carefully tending the glowing charcoal fire
motioning us toward His provision
of fresh fish and bread
“Come and have breakfast,” He says*
and we quickly ensue
breaking bread together once more
our smiles telling tales of kindred souls
sharing the joy of reunion
when my eyes meet His I discern His forgiveness; I am
changed by this moment of grace

finishing our feast, He turns toward me
asking “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”*
not once , but three times
of course I love Him
once walking on water to reach Him
swimming the seas to be now at His side
“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”*
faith rising with each affirmation
near the glowing warmth of the charcoal fire
praises of my heart mingle with the swirling smoke drifting heavenward
this I know
I am loved
to feed His sheep as I have been fed and
changed by this Vessel of Love

Scripture References (NAS):
Mathew 4:19, John 21:7, John 21:12, John 21:16

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Margaret Kearley 09/13/12
This is beautiful and wonderful. We may have chosen the same great subject but this is SO good and so moving. Thankyou.
C D Swanson 09/13/12
Touching, moving, and powerfully written. Great job. Amen.

God bless~
Danielle King 09/13/12
Breathtakingly beautiful poem for the topic. Love it.
Noel Mitaxa 09/13/12
Great pictures that drew me in to a strong challenge.
Lillian Rhoades 09/20/12
A very creative retelling of the Biblical story. Hooray for you EC win.
Myrna Noyes09/20/12
This is just beautiful!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HIGHLY COMMENDED IN MASTERS AND ON YOUR 5TH PLACE E.C.!!!! This is my favorite Scripture story about Jesus, and I chose to write on it this week, too! (Great minds think alike, huh?? ;) ) I love your poetic look at this biblical scene from Peter's viewpoint. Way to write!
C D Swanson 09/20/12
Congrats! God bless~
C D Swanson 09/20/12
Congrats on your EC!
GOd bless~
Loren T. Lowery09/20/12
I understand from your introduction page you are a new transplant to Oklahoma. It is the home of my childhood. I think the blend of the rolling landscape, the untimely weather and the ever faithful people can make a poet of us, if we but listen and take it all in. Which I submit your poem as evidence to this - it is beautiful and inspired. Congratulations on your EC.
Bea Edwards 09/21/12
Congratulations on your winning poem. It is stunningly lovely and a joy to ponder over!
Leola Ogle 10/02/12
Congratulations Karen. Good job!