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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: Lost and Found
By Tracey Jackson
07/20/06


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Is this my soul?
Sitting in a cavern of my being; a frumpy
Moth-eaten brown leather bag of neglect,
Putrid muck flowing from its crevices
Deserving of a stinking landfill for all eternity

My Sovereign Lord tells me:
"The soul who sins is the one who will die."*

Surely it is not mine?
The unnecessary hurts turned to anger
Formed wells of bitterness, resentment and turmoil
Unleashed onto others in frenzied attacks
Unintentionally killing the hearts of the kind and gentle

The great Peter urges:
"To abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul."*

How can I go on?
Within deep caverns this soul of mine runs rampant
With unseemly emotions and feelings
That have no good intent unless
Lead by His Spirit I am to have a new heart

My greatest friend Jesus commands me:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind."*

Is it possible?
Through His love and my total commitment to Him
A transformation of extraordinary form ensues
The bag now a soft white simple purse of gossamer cloth
A fragrant and pleasing treasure, connecting to a heart eager to do His will

The apostle Paul, reminds me to:
"Finish the race and complete the task……
of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."*

Where are you, Lord?
His Spirit speaks to me and at last
My heart, mind and soul are reunited
To kneel at His feet of grace
And go out into the world for His purposes

Now at last I can say, as Mary did:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour."*

*All Scripture references: New International Version – in order of mentioning:
Ezekiel 18:4, 1 Peter 2:11, Matthew 22:37, Acts 20:24, Luke 1:46.


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Zuanne Joubert07/21/06
This poem is explaining a sinful life and then giving 'over' to God so exact. Stages of my own life flashed before me. Powerful.
Jesus Puppy 07/24/06
Very good imagery, showing from that of a lost and seeking soul to the new born Christian seeking a greater closeness with the Lord. Very well put..
Helen Paynter07/25/06
Beautiful, vivid imagery and a great message. Well done.
Trina Courtenay07/26/06
I agree with all of the above comments - good job!