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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: Hard Question
By Grace Merkey
04/19/11


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Hard Question

When someone is down and out
Comes asking me for a handout,
Must I respond with cheerfulness,
Trusting that my handout will bless?

The Bible says it short and sweet
Those who will not work will not eat.
Families should care for their own,
In Bible times was quite well know.

On the other hand, I am told,
Give to the poor and donít withhold.
As myself my neighbor to love,
To do this, I need help from above.

Remember the Good Samaritan;
Also the Prodigal Son.
Faith without works is dead, Iím told.
Charity I must not withhold.

Everything I have comes from God
A steward to spread goodwill abroad.
Some lack through no fault of their own.
To them, charity should be shown.

Jesus showed discretion is allowed,
When he sent away a greedy crowd.
I cannot give to all who ask.
What is the answer to this task?

The needs God lays upon my heart
Is a very good place to start.
God will help me know what is best,
How to respond to each request.


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diana kay04/22/11
thank you for this you put the Dilemma which is indeed a "hard question" into such clear and simple terms in this poetic debate.I congratulate you as it is not easy to write a poem that is clear concise and scans well and sticks to the point.i hope it is a winner but there are lots of good entries this week!
Phee Paradise 04/26/11
You so clearly expressed the dilemma Christians face. I love your answer.