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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: Symbol of the Staff
By Bonnie Bowden
02/06/13


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In the corner stood,
a hardened, creosote-like covered wood;
Neck stretched in curved hook,
history of the Shepherd’s crook.

Moses pastured Jethro’s flocks,
among the wilderness of Mt. Horeb’s rocks;
God called to him from a burning bush,
told Moses his mission with a gentle push.

Symbol of His Guidance

I have heard My people’s cry,
asked me in their sufferings, why?
So I will deliver the people from their woes,
into a place where milk and honey flows.

Symbol of His Compassion

Next, God told Moses to lay down his staff,
which became a snake that blocked his path;
But God bade him to pick up the serpent by its tail,
and God changed it back without fail.

Symbol of His Protection

Moses took “the staff of God” in hand,
traveled back to Egypt’s oppressive land;
Performed miraculous wonders in Pharaoh’s sight,
still the king refused to release God’s people from their plight.

Symbol of His Power

Finally Pharaoh let the people go,
but changed his mind from yes to no;
Gathered together Egypt’s chariots and horses,
followed after the Israelites with all his forces.

Symbol of Man’s Splintered Strength

Moses lifted his staff over the Red Sea,
God would fight the battle to set them free;
So while the Israelites walked over dry ground,
Egypt’s armies were covered by water and drowned.

Symbol of Freedom


**Based on Exodus 3-14 and
The Power of the Staff / Os Hillman
http://www.intheworkplace.com/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=682798columnid=1935


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CD Swanson 02/08/13
Nicely presented and beautifully written.

God bless~
Loni Bowden-Horn02/09/13
Very well written and researched.

It tells the symbol of the staff of facts that are seldom known.

I really like your opening paragraph and how it ties in with the rest.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/13
I think you did a lively job with this passionate poem. I especially liked the last part about man's splintered strength. How true it is if we didn't have Jesus holding us, our strength will splinter and cause us to crumble to the ground, while asking Jesus to hold us up makes our strength immeasurably stronger.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/14/13
Congratulations on ranking 8th in level one!