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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: The Gentleness of the Omnipotent
By Lyn Ruth
04/29/09


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His soft carressing call
With gentle nail-pierced hands
Affectionately stretched out toward humanity,
Mellow the callous and the merciless
Who settle down before His strong but quiet presence,
Totally mystified by the serenity of His abounding grace.

Through the uphill battles
Of toublesome times and uncertain moments,
The world remains harsh and remorseless.
But He stands as a compassionate and righteous judge
Whose exacting verdict mollifies the most hard-bitten.

His tender love is more powerful
Than any fierce hatred,
His caring generosity is more formidable
Than any ruthless greediness,
His patience is more tolerant
Than any grueling hotheadedness,
His forgiveness is more potent
Than any hardheartedness.

His face is endearingly mild and easy and light,
The sweet smile of a Redeemer.
No wearisome burdens to carry,
No impenetrable wall to conquer,
For He is a solid rock with a delicate heart,
A firm foundation but so comfortable to lean on.

His soothing voice is a lovely song in a rugged wilderness,
Subduing hardened, laborious tears of pain,
Silencing severe trials into restful whispers
Until the muted, whispered tones
Cradle all cares to a cozy lullaby.

The pleasant fragrance of perfume
Flowing from His heavenly garden
Eliminates the most stubborn, repulsive stench
Brought about by shame and cold wickedness.

Yet the gentleness of the Omnipotent
Can permeate even the toughest pillar,
For His holiness and glory
Radiating from His mighty throne,
Tightly packed and sealed
With His unconditional love,
Spreads like misty stardust
On a golden twilight,
Lifting the soul in unity with the Savior
Forever.


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Jan Ackerson 05/05/09
This reads like a modern psalm, and I like the parallel structure in the third stanza.
Yvonne Blake 05/06/09
I loved the contrasts in this poem. Well done!
Deborah Porter 05/07/09
Hi Lyn. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, The Gentleness of the Omnipotent, actually did very well in the Hard and Soft Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 10th in that Level. There were a lot of entries this week, and competition in Level 1 is always very intense, so well done.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=373619

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.
Again, well done. :-)

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)