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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Light at the End of the Tunnel (01/23/14)

TITLE: The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost
By Margaret Kearley
01/30/14
~1st Place


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Stripes of daylight broke the blackness
Of another lengthy night
Heralding, with patterned promise
A dawn proclaiming daytime bright.
Broken, lost, a waiting prisoner
Viewed, with heavy heart, the birth
Of a day about to happen,
Hours ordained: his last on earth.

A life recalled, black recollection:
Theft and crime and evil acts,
Twisting devious plans and tactics
That further ran on evil’s tracks.
Waiting tunnels dark and winding,
Burrows deep with no escape,
A warren, lair, a den of darkness -
The pattern of his life took shape.

Could a tunnel get much darker?
Arrest and trial, guilt pronounced.
The flame of life so near-extinguished
With the sentence thus announced.
Deserved and merited his ending:
A waiting cross, upon a hill,
Crime’s reward was crucifixion,
The tunnel, yes, got darker still.

His own despair was mirrored clearly
In a fellow-robber’s face,
Till, astounded, they beheld One
Also sentenced with disgrace.
But from this One came fast outpouring,
Love and power, who could this be?
Who could ask His watching listeners,
‘Weep for yourselves, don’t weep for me.’

In this Man, though bruised and bloodied,
One robber caught the fragrance of
A sinless life, so clean and spotless,
Divinity wrapped up in love.
Here, his tunnel bonds were loosened,
Here, despite his death-bound flight,
He saw Hope glimmer, beckon, call him,
He saw, at last, a wondrous Light.

The sands of time were almost ended
As each hung dying on the tree,
One dying robber turned to Jesus,
And whispered ‘Lord, Remember Me.’
And with the Saviour’s wondrous promise
Of Paradise with Him that day,
All trace of tunnels, sin and darkness
Was swept immediately away.






Luke 23

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/30/14
Wow what a powerful poem. You make writing poetry look easy, but I know how difficult it is. Your words just flow off the page, reach in, and wrap around my heart. Great job.
Elizabeth Baize 01/30/14
So powerful! Your told the story from such an interesting perspective and it really flowed. I'm so glad I found this one!
Danielle King 01/31/14
Powerful seems to be an understatement for this amazing poem, but it certainly packs a powerful punch. The ending is reassuring and uplifting and I'd say that's a perfect example of a perfect poem. How clever to use the topic in this way. I would never have thought of it. Great job!
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/05/14
Simply beautiful!

God bless~
Linda Goergen02/05/14
Great way to highlight the topic—from the perspective of the saved thief on the cross “seeing the light” at the last minute! Powerful and well done poem!
Danielle King 02/06/14
WOW! Another top notch win and very well deserved. A huge congratulations Margaret. Your poetry is divine!
Beth LaBuff 02/06/14
This had a "WOW!" impact on me too. This is wonderful, Margaret. Many congrats on your level award and for 1st place Editor's Choice!
Lillian Rhoades 02/06/14
Loved this! The depth of the message is equaled only by the excellent poetic craftsmanship. Congratulations!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/06/14
Congratulations on recognition in EC for this absolutely beautiful poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/06/14
I forgot to say WOW! for being most deservedly FIRST, Margaret!
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/06/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Linda Goergen02/06/14
Congratulations Margaret on your well deserved win! I had a feeling this would be a winner and I am it glad it was!
Pauline Carruthers 02/06/14
A beautiful and well told entry. Congratulations on your well deserved win.
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/06/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith02/06/14
A brilliant summation glorifying why Christ had to be . . .
Congratulations!
KJV Hebrews 10:26-31
Leola Ogle 02/06/14
Congratulations on this very moving entry. Good job, Margaret! God bless!
Ellen Carr 02/07/14
Congratulations, Margaret, on you well-deserved win. This is another of your lovely and meaningful poems.