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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: His Steadfast Love
By Mike Rousos
08/23/06


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The faithful mourned, despaired, and cried
The morning of the deicide

God lay before them, on a cross
While demons cheered at heaven’s loss

Here, to this wood, God’s hands they nailed
And with a spear, His side impaled

He wore a shaming crown of thorns
This God who hung here, now forlorn

The angels’ king spoke “It is done”
And death elated; it had won.

Then thunder peeled – the royal knell
The Lord of Lords succumbed to hell

But Satan erred to call this gain
For God did raise this Lamb thus slain

And when men saw the Christ arise
They saw the cross with different eyes

For, when He’d cried out “It is done”
He’d meant the work of salvation

It was not shame that wreathed His head
But sin redeemed to free the dead

Those arms were spread, not on a tree
But on the hope of victory

For He hung there to split the veil
Not held by any earthly nail

No, holding this servant above -
The iron of His steadfast love


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Michael Wilmot08/24/06
And when men saw the Christ arise
They saw the cross with different eyes

This stantza touched me most. I loved being reminded of the tranistional emotion that the cross brought to the first Christians.

Well done
Brenda Kern 08/29/06
"Then thunder peeled..." This should be pealed.

Otherwise, good meter and rhyme--nice job!
Sandra Petersen 08/29/06
This is beautifully wrought! Good rhyme, some surprises.

My favorites?
"It was not shame that wreathed His head
But sin redeemed to free the dead

Those arms were spread, not on a tree
But on the hope of victory"

I guess these verses spoke most to my spirit. Good job!