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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)

TITLE: Prodigal Son
By Cori Mann


He left in the middle of the night
For months he has been out of sight
My son a young eighteen years old
He foolishly fled into the cold

Following the life he choose last year
Upset for him I cried many a tear
I donít know what happened or why
My boy was always so very shy

He seemed to love the Lord with all his heart
Something happened that caused it to start
I donít know what and I donít know how
He just needs to come home to me now

The drugs have got him in quite a mess
Even still I donít love him any less
He unwisely rushed in to this life
Cutting through him with it's knife

He has thrown himself into the storm
Instead of being safe peaceful and warm
I pray for my son to wake up one day
Out of his slumber and living Godís way

This life of his will not ever be right
Until he comes back to the Lord one night
Only He can take him out of his pain
Leading him out of the storm and rain

Jesus wants to take firmly and gently his hand
When he is willing, He will help him to stand
His desires caused him to stumble into it all
It was his choices that caused him to fall

Seth has become my prodigal son for whom I pray
That one day he will come and find his own way
My son who needs to come back to the true healing one
I hold on to the promise that it is still not done

There is still hope beyond hope for my young boy
I envision him at church again singing for joy
Every night I set out his dinner plate and pray
That one day soon he will choose another way

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Nancy Bucca09/15/11
What a touching poem, and a true diamond among all the tear-jerkers I've been reading. I like the positive ending, watching and clinging to the promises while waiting for the prodigal to return.
Glynis Becker09/16/11
So heartbreaking and beautiful. The cadence is well-done and the hopefulness of the poem is wonderful.
C D Swanson 09/16/11
Wow...Beautifully written and powerfully invoking! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/17/11
This is a lovely bittersweet piece. It tore at my heart. It is so hard when our kids are hurting and we can't fix it.

In the 4th stanza it should be its instead of it's.

You did a great job with the rhyme and rhythm.It flows easily off the tongue. I hope your son gets to read this someday.
Noel Mitaxa 09/21/11
You have expresssed such deep heartache and strong faith in this entry, without becoming mawkish or super pious. A beautiful and credible balance; so well-expressed.
Anne Warden09/21/11
I read this with tears. I was once that prodigal. How my mother must have wept many times for me! Yet she never stopped praying and never gave up hope.

I can assure you, when the prodigal does return to God, from that moment on, her or his belief is more firmly grounded than if she or he had never run away. It is the awesome blessing of returning. While those who grew up in the church and have never run from God sometimes falter as adults, and sometimes question their faith, the returned prodigals usually DO NOT.
Carol Penhorwood 09/21/11
An emotional, heartbreaking piece. Your pain and your faith are evident. Don't give up; keep praying.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/22/11
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level one.