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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)

TITLE: History Lesson
By Lauri Gruen
05/09/07


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F A I T H F U L

From Adam to Abraham to the mighty believers in
Acts, God uses events to teach His people about Himself.
In the garden, the course of manís history changed forever.
Two bites from the wrong tree meant death, as God warned.
He tested the first couple to see if they would
Follow His instructions and trust Him completely for their needs.
Unlike his ancestors, Noah chose to obey and trust God as he
Loaded up a huge boat with a multitude of animals while the sun was shining.

L O V I N G

Leaving the only home he ever knew was a big leap for Abraham.
Only faith in God Most High enabled him to go forward.
Victory was his as the father of nations.
Isaac was the promise of the everlasting covenant.
Nearly a teenager, on the altar Isaac became
Godís test of Abrahamís faithfulness.

F O R G I V I N G

Full are the pages in the Bible
Of Godís history with His people.
Rejoicing in His love for them,
Gracious of their shortcomings,
Inviting them to enter a relationship with Him,
Vexed and provoked by their disobedience,
Interested in true devotion of their hearts,
Not easily angered.
Great is His mercy to those who fear Him.

H O L Y

History books even record Israelís exodus from Egypt.
Only the supernatural piece is missing.
Lessons learned from this monumental event
Yet have reached their full number.

J U S T

Just as David recounted Israelís wanderings because he
Understood Godís great love for His people,
So he desired to learn the lessons God tried to
Teach His stiff-necked and rebellious children.

S O V E R E I G N

Sin abounded in the camps
Over Israelís refusal to listen to Godís commandments.
Vulnerable to their enemies, desires and Godís wrath they lived.
Eventually, they would turn back to God, their Rock and
Redeemer to find refuge and deliverance.
Evidenced throughout the Old and New Testament and even
Into modern day, God has determined our pre-appointed times and boundaries to
Glorify Himself and establish His eternal purposes.
Never-ending is his relentless pursuit of His children.


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Jan Ackerson 05/13/07
The acrostic style is very clever.

One way to improve this poem would be to have a closer correspondence between each acrostic and the content of that stanza.

This must have taken a lot of thought and planning!