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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: Love Your Neighbor
By Benjamin Graber
10/25/06


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The splinters that surround us speak
Of fields of newly ripened corn;
We do not have to cross the globe
To find those set to be reborn—

The shattered hearts cry out for love,
But we so quickly pass them by;
When will we see we hold the salve
For which their dying souls have cried?

The fields are ready in our towns,
If we can see the pain they bear;
It’s love they need, not our rejection—
Are we the priest who didn’t care?

But if we can become the neighbor
Who helped the beaten man find rest,
Through us they’ll see our Savior
Bestowing love on the oppressed;

If we can piece their hearts together
Through us they’ll feel Christ’s gentle hands;
And when they see He lives today
They’ll gladly follow His commands—

If we can learn to step in faith
Where Christ positioned us today,
It is our lives that serve as guides
To help them find the narrow way.


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Marilee Alvey11/01/06
"Are we the priest who didn't care?" is a very good line. We are the priesthood of all believers and so few understand that. Your poem is touching. I cannot say more as I'm not talented enough to write a poem...and probably not able to critique one, either, but I know a good phrase when I read one! Keep it up!
David (The Goliath Assassin)05/09/07
So, so true. (it inspired a little impromptu)

"We are reflectors of His light.
The light is not our own.
And if we do our Savior right
We'll shine like polished chrome."

Also, the fourth stanza reminded me of a poem I wrote called The Beaten Man. Hmmm... I suppose I'll go dig that up and post it for you.