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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Joseph's Example of Obedience
By Carol Dee Meeks
02/06/05


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The angel explained
Maryís conception
By the Holy Spirit.
He told Joseph
To take Mary as his wife
When Joseph didnít want to hear it.

They went to Bethlehem
To pay taxes that were due.
The Lamb of God was taxed
But His worth, no one yet, knew.

The angel told him
Go to Egypt and flee
Away from Herod
So Jesus would remain free.

In a dream God told Joseph
Back to Israel he could go.
It was safe now,
And Joseph knew it was so.

When Joseph was commanded
To change each of his plans.
He obeyed without question.
He knew he was in Godís hands.

Joseph obeyed
Without argument or fuss.
His obedience was immediate.
What an example to us!

Joseph communicated
With God.
God guided
Joseph
In each place Joseph trod.

The same can be
For me and for you.
If we have Josephís
faithfulness
And follow His example through.

The father of our Savior
Was wise beyond years.
He was born on Christmas Day,
And He wipes away our tears.

@ 2003 Carol Dee Meeks


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Jonita (Jay) Johnson02/09/05
Oh how I loved that. To me the rhyme was smooth and steady. We often forget or chose not to mention the part Joseph played in Jesus' life. It was crucial. Thank you for reminding us beautifully.
Cheri Hardaway 02/12/05
Joseph is not typically the one I think of when I think of obedience. Many seem to remember Abraham more. I really liked this! Thanks, and God bless,
Deborah Porter 02/16/05
Carol, Joseph was such a good example of obedience. I wouldn't have thought of him for it - but he really was. First when he was told to marry Mary in spite of her pregnancy, and then when he was told to pack up and move his family to Egypt. But I just wanted to let you know a couple of things for future Challenge entries (although they didn't cause you to be penalised this time). The first is that all entries have to be anonymous as far as the body of the article goes. That's so the Judges won't be influenced in any way by knowing who wrote the entries. So to ensure this anonymity, could you just make sure that you don't include your name in the submission area of your entry. It is shown as belonging to you when the entries all go public. If you want to put a copyright notice on it, just put the symbol and the date - not your name. The only other thing is that all entries are meant to be written that week - in response to the topic. That's the most important part about the Challenge - it is to stretch writers each week to write to a theme. So as this was a couple of years old, it really wasn't in keeping with the spirit of the Challenge. As I said, we didn't disqualify or penalise you in any way for this, but if you could just keep those things in mind in the future, that would be great. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)