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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: If Only I Had Asked
By Susan Allen
05/25/12


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If Only I Had Asked

Asking a question
is like having a life lesson.
Questions help us grow
because we do not just know.
There is so much life to learn,
such as, when to be stern
or when to be lenient—
just so that you mean it.

Do the best to teach
so our children may reach
into the truth
helping them know they are God’s jewel.
You’ll be there when they have a broken heart.
All because of a question that was asked at the start,
“Mom, his name is Tim;
may I go out with him?”

If only I knew then
what would eventually happen.
She was so devastated and hurt
when she found out he was a flirt.
With everyone else he would flatter,
and she tried to not let it matter.
He left
her bereft.

Now when I look back
I know what I should have asked.
“Are you a Christian?”
and “What is your intention?”
We can’t go back
and that is a fact.
Her heart had still broke
because they were unequally yoked.

God would have given her a mate,
if only she waited, but it was too late.
Her new question
without hesitation
was, “What do I do now?
He broke our vow.
I tried to show him Jesus’ bright light,
but he preferred the dark night.”

“I love you and I pray
that God will comfort you today.
Read His Word
until you have heard
the exact thing you need
and then take heed.
Then ask God what His will is to be done
in this heartbreaking situation?”

“Mom, thank you again
for reminding me how to begin
all over again in God’s power
because He is my strong tower.
I should have held onto my threefold cord.
If only I asked the Lord
to intercede
I wouldn’t have been in such need.”

Luke 2:46(NCV)—After three days they found Jesus sitting in the Temple with the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 05/31/12
I enjoyed this meaningful and complex poem. It held significance in all aspects, and many will be touched by it. Thank you. God bless~
Janice Cartwright05/31/12
Your poem has a diferent cadence than some, but it grew on me as I saw the purity of your motive- to help others. In writing we try to hone our skills, but mainly so that we may better reach the hearts of others with the message of the cross. Thank you for using your gift to His glory.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/02/12
This is a lovely piece. If we encourage our kids to ask questions when they are young (even though constantly hearing why can get draining) then when they are older they know the right questions to ask.
Helen Curtis06/02/12
This is such an important lesson for us to learn, to ask questions of our kids and to take the time to listen to theirs. It's so easy to gloss over their curious natures; but how blessed we both are when we, the parents, take the time to listen and ponder our kids' concerns and try to help them as best as we can.

A really great job at the poem. I agree it was a little uneven with the rhythm, which meant I had to stop and start a little, but overall the message came through clearly and beautifully. Well done.