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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Exhale (08/15/13)

TITLE: Eternity
By Melinda Bozak
08/22/13


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Our lungs expand and collapse as the oxygen sustains life in our bodies. We give it no thought. We inhale. We exhale. It is a natural reflex. Absent of trauma or illness, it takes no effort on our part. One day, however, we will exhale, and the air will no longer fill our lungs.

Beautiful sleeping baby
first restful night
quiet morning light
… too quiet
terror, disbelief
anguish
… final breath

Carefree children
clear day
distracted play
… time stops
panic, fright
emptiness
… final breath

Teenage athlete
conditioned, in-shape
exhausted, he will not wake
… future over
confusion, impossible
unbelief
… final breath

One true love
officer at the door
knees hit the floor
… heartbroken
shock, anger
hysteria
… final breath

A wife- mother- grandmother
family and friends
a full life ends
… bedside gathering
memories, love
tears
… final breath


We cannot know when that last breath will come, whether for ourselves or for those whose lives are precious to us. If we could know, would we live our lives differently? Would we comprehend the finality and feel a sense of urgency to know, and to share, Jesus? How much time would we spend considering eternity?

Hebrews 9:27-28 (MSG) Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation.

Father in heaven, with each breath, may I feel Your presence. May I grasp the urgency of the world's need to know you. Please give me the words to share Your love with the lost. And help me to be obedient to the leading of Your Spirit.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 08/22/13
Simply powerful! Excellent job with this, I had to take a look to see if I was reading from "beginners."

Loved it. God bless~
Jan Ackerson 08/22/13
Simply superb.

I especially liked that although your poem was mostly free verse, you sprinkled it with a little bit of rhyme. The imagery and parallelism there was highly effective.
Taci Sveda08/24/13
I really enjoyed this message! The poem was powerful and filled me with a sense of urgency, not wanting to waste anytime on being distracted away from the only message that matters...the Gospel! Thank you :)
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/29/13
Congrats! God bless~