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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: The Promised Rest
By Melanie Kerr
~8th Place


A promised rest to
“Yahweh is Salvation”
A rest on all sides where
no enemies can prevail
A promise with strings attached
Every place claimed by
stepping forward

The Jordan
A flood flushed river
The presence of God
carried on priests’ shoulders
Joshua steps forward
Faith forms walls of water and dry ground
A pile of stones gathered
A step closer to the promised rest

curtains closed and drawn
doors locked tight
Joshua steps forward
circling the city
Faith shifts and stirs
A shout and the stronghold crumbles
A step closer to the promised rest

An alliance
Five kings rise up and join forces
to crush Israel’s allies
Joshua steps forward
Hailstones like boulders fall
The sun stands still over Gibeon
Five cursed kings hang from trees
A step closer to the promised rest

Southern cities conquered
Northern kings quelled
The sword leaves no survivors as
Joshua steps forward
No treaties of peace negotiated
God fights for Israel
until at last
Joshua steps into his promised rest

A promised rest to
A rest on all sides where
no enemies can prevail
made mine by Jesus
“Yahweh is Salvation”
Fulfilling all promises
He steps forward

He passes through the Jordan
The walls of water
bestow upon Him a mantle of power
Jesus steps forward
Striding into people’s lives
He opens curtains and unlocks doors
With a word strongholds crumble
A step closer to the promised rest

An alliance of piety and politics
join forces to crush Him
Silent, the Lamb of God,
Jesus steps forward
Sin carried on his shoulders
the sun refuses to shine
My King hangs from a tree
A step closer to the promised rest

Sin is conquered
The sting of death destroyed
The enemy is stripped of all weapons
Jesus steps forward
An eternal peace negotiated
God fights for me
Until at last
I step into my promised rest

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/13
This is a powerful piece. You have a delightful way of forming the words so they flow and produce a divine message. Good job.
C D Swanson 01/25/13
I enjoyed this so much. What a wonderful job with this.

God Bless~
Allison Egley 01/26/13
Oh, wow. This is great. I love that parallels you painted between the story of Joshua and the Gospel. Nice job.
Christina Banks 01/26/13
I agree with the previous comments. This is powerful.
Noel Mitaxa 01/27/13
So simple yet so powerful.
Alicia Renkema01/29/13
The whole book of Joshua opens before one; the word pictures you paint make it an exhilarating journey for the reader to make with (you) the writer. I also love your alliteration in places. You have an amazing grasp of the scripture and it shows in your telling of this book of the Bible. The natural transition between Joshua's leading of the Israelites you use in defeating God's enemies and Jesus our Messiah ushering in our salvation. Loved the poetic walk through the banks of Jericho and ending with our victory at Calvary's tree. Blessings to you.
Danielle King 01/30/13
Powerful! Brilliant poetry.
Myrna Noyes01/30/13
The name "Jesus" is the Greek form of the name "Joshua," so it was very meaningful to have the Old Testament prophet compared with the New Testament Jesus!

Your poem was so wonderfully written and full of depth and meaning! I especially was drawn to these words:

"Jesus steps forward
Striding into people’s lives
He opens curtains and unlocks doors
With a word strongholds crumble
A step closer to the promised rest"

Great job! :)
Myrna Noyes01/31/13
Hearty congratulations on your E.C. win for this excellent piece! :)
Bea Edwards 02/01/13
Magnificent and compelling piece of poetry! I really 'GOT IT' the entire impact of it and how you tied it together, the third read through.