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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: Here Am I
By Margaret Kearley
04/28/09


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Daily routine was set aside
All other needs quickly denied.
Ears strained, heart thumping, listening
To hear the message God would bring.
With palms turned upwards to the sky
He bowed and worshipped: ‘Here am I’.
And Abraham’s faith did not give way
To what God asked of him that day.
With quick obedience he embraced
The hardest task he’d ever faced.

No explanation as to why,
Just clear command came from on high.
‘Go sacrifice your promised son,
The one I gave you, precious one,
The one whose name means joy and laughter,
Take him Abraham.’ But thereafter
No further explanation came
Of why God made of him this claim.
He listened, then obeyed, God-fearing,
Softened heart, not hard of hearing.

Heartbreaking journey, climbing higher
Up the slopes of Mount Moriah.
Trusting in what God had said,
Believing He could raise the dead,
Clinging to God’s Covenant Word
Of Promise, which he’d clearly heard.
Knowing that from Isaac’s seed
A mighty nation would proceed.
Abraham put all doubts aside
And told his son ‘God will provide.’

As Abraham reached and took the knife
To slay his son and give his life.
A voice from Heaven called his name
His quick response was just the same –
‘Here Am I Lord’, then God supplied
A ram instead, He did provide.
‘Because you’ve not withheld your son,
I’ll bless you greatly precious one.’
The hardest task that Abraham faced
Was blessed with God’s abundant grace.

Lord, let your living Word impart
A softening to my hardened heart.
Dividing, judging thoughts and deeds
Convicting, answering all my needs.
As Abraham’s story I retrace
Remove my hardness by your grace.
Let my heart also malleable be
Quick in obedient constancy.
If ways be hard, help me comply
And softly whisper ‘Here Am I’


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Mary McLeary04/30/09
Beautiful!!
Dee Yoder 05/01/09
Wonderful retelling in verse the story of Abraham and Isaac. You contrasted nicely the hard and the soft in the story, too.
Myrna Noyes05/07/09
Beautiful, well-wrtten poem with a powerful ending! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RICHLY DESERVED 2ND PLACE EC!! :)
Carol Slider 05/07/09
What a beautiful poetic description of Abraham's struggle! Very well done--congratulations!
Patricia Turner05/07/09
Abraham's struggle is so well captured in every rhyme and meter of this poem! Outstanding job! Congratulations on a well deserved EC 2nd place win!
Charla Diehl 05/07/09
What a creative way to tell this familiar Bible story--a poem that reads fluently and ends with a beautiful message for all. Congrats on your EC 2nd place with this!
Deborah Porter 05/07/09
Congratulations on an excellent win, Margaret. Not only 1st place in Level 2, but 2nd place overall (making you 2nd in the Editor's Choice). An outstanding result.

Time to move up to Level 3!

There's lots of celebrating happening over on the message boards. If you haven't already, why not pop over and join in the fun:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=25452

Hope to see you at the conference in August.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Chely Roach05/07/09
Wonderfully done! Congrats on your EC!
Myrna Noyes05/08/09
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1ST PLACE LEVEL WIN AND YOUR EC!! WAY TO GO!! :D
Karen Wilber 05/09/09
This is excellent--what a beautiful tie in to this week's theme. The heartfelt message in the final verse really touched me. Congrats on EC. I'm so glad I got to read this.