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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)

TITLE: The Secret Place of Thunder
By Lisa O'Neal
08/05/05


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“Come away and sit a while.”
Is the drawing on my soul.
To be set apart – alone – for eternity.
For what more could my heart plead?

A simple place, far away from frills and hype.
So different from where the ladder leads.
Suspended in time - counting each heartbeat.
Listening intently, drawing on each breath.

Hidden in a shadow that affords much rest.
Hearing the darkness with each beat.
Concealed in a secret place known to none.
Feeling the stillness with a peace known by some.

The mast overtakes me. I yield to the weight of it.
Thunder rings out and releases a sound of many waters.
In a suddenly a heart’s veil is ripped asunder and
At the final beat of the heart, love declares it is finished.

The psalmist sings ‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. ‘*
Deep calls to deep – drawing me to the mighty Mast.
‘I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."’**

How can I trust any other tower or another cornerstone?
I dare not seek another’s heart – but to know His alone.
With every breath, He speaks my name.
With every beat His blood cleanses me.

In the covering of His holy tent,
I am hidden from the lies all around.
As His heart covers me with love’s simplicity,
I am captivated by the Lion’s humility.

In an instant, His glory fills the temple,
His heart pours forth grace and mercy.
And in the secret place of thunder
Sounds of many waters calls to me.


*Ps 91:1
**Ps 91:2


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Phyllis Inniss 08/08/05
A thunderous applause for this "Secret Place of Thunder". Good insight into a quiet place where you can worship your Lord and what He does to bring you peace.
Debra Brand08/08/05
Excellent descriptive words.
Carol Adams08/08/05
Well done. Strong descriptive words with a powerful message. Thanks for sharing.
dub W08/11/05
Lots of imagery, thanks for posting.
karen McLamb08/11/05
THIS IS AWESOME!
I'am on my job,after reading this, a Praise came over me,so I just said GLORY!
Crista Darr08/11/05
FANTASTIC POETRY!
Shari Armstrong 08/12/05
Simply beautiful!