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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: A Christian Game of Charades
By Alice Zvacek
08/20/08


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The game begins as we leave home
Mom points to her watch
Musnít be late
Hurry into the car

It continues in the parking lot
Momís two fingers lift
Both ends of her mouth
Big smiles all around

Momís snapping finger
Has everyone lining up
Hair good, clothes straightened
Bible in hand

As we step into church,
Someone asks how are you today?
The smile is brighter
And a little nod says just fine

One more cue from Mom
A checkmark with her finger
Remember to check all those boxes
In the Sunday School attendance book

Prayer requests start Momís class
Pray that my friend will know Christ
Pray for my fatherís health
Mom piously folds her hands in prayer

When class is over,
Mom pats Sister Jones on the back
To remind her that we care
And that we will pray for her ill father.

March into the sanctuary
Arrange everyone
Stairsteps in the row
Facing forward hands in lap

A new couple comes
Their son wonít set still
Heads shake
But someone offers crayons

Some brave soul offers a request
That we pray for her marriage
Pittying looks and hands hiding open mouths
Pass through the crowd

We finally can leave
We reach the car
A collective sigh of relief
The act is over

When we get home
The Bibleís go up on a shelf
The clothes get hung up
Waiting for next Sunday

Dad is off to his recliner
With his football
And his beer
Wonder what the church would think?

Mom is gossiping with her church friends
I wonder what went wrong at home
Can you believe she said that?
It looks like we know what the church thinks

Big sister is off to her room with music screaming
She texts her boyfriend
About meeting him at midnight
Wonder what the church would think?

Teenage brother escapes to his computer
And checks into websites
That his mom has no idea about
Wonder what the church would think?

Little sister climbs up in Dadís lap
And shows him her Sunday School craft
Teacher says that Jesus Loves Us and we should live for Him
Wonder what Jesus would say?

I'm so thankful that we now go to a church where we can be real with people and have real accountability and we can be there for each other. When someone asks how are you, they really want to know.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/21/08
Your picture of a family charade of worship is too close to home for many. I, too, am thankful for a church where we can be real. May God help us to be really His when we get home.
Joy Faire Stewart08/22/08
With words you have painted a sad picture. Very good job writing on topic.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/08
The first half of this read almost like a sweet, children's poem...and then it got darker...and darker. Very nice effect.
Sarah Heywood08/23/08
Ouch! That hit a little too close to home! Sadly, this reality is the truth in many homes today. Good job in exposing this in poetic form.