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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)

TITLE: The Mirror
By wendell a brown


I found myself judging others
condemning them for their faults
I could see, I never had
ever come face to face with
the worst of sinners who was me

I would tear down other peoples hopes
and dreams, never really listening
to a word they would say, I would
always find varied reasons
to turn my attention away

I would not feel any sympathy,
when in one’s life they would
start to fall, for I thought that I was
much better than everyone else, and that
it would not happen to me at all

And when I would pray I would
look at others thanking God
I was not like them, as I also would
thank the Lord everyday for saving
me from my sin

But one morning I did awaken
and apart my world begin to fall,
I closed my eyes to say a prayer
and yet He would not answer
my call

When I got to work that morning
I found I no longer had a position,
And soon lost all the worldly security
Because I made very wrong decisions

And on the way back to my home
as I stopped at a traffic light, when it
turn green the engine did cut off
and the battery had no life

It did seem all around me was
falling apart, and no matter how
hard I did try, by myself I would
not be successful for I needed
Jesus in my life

I thought I had nothing of value
to offer the Lord this day, so I
humbled myself before Him and,
and prayed He would help me change

When I got home I pondered,
If the Lord would hear my prayer,
especially someone like me
who had never really cared

I walked into the bathroom and
what I saw in my mirror caused
me great despair, for what I saw
did not want to see, for the
the ugliness of sin was living there

For I saw a man who was not considerate
and who never cared for anyone else,
I saw a man who everything he did
was always only for his self

And it cut me deep into my soul, and
at that moment much harder I prayed,
to the Lord above in heaven to change
my heart from stone to flesh that day

I cried from deep within my heart
and I felt a heaviness lifted from
my soul, and I asked the Holy Spirit
to lead me in the way that I should go

For no longer did I see my own face
as I came face to face with a change
seeing my face enlightened by His Spirit,
and I fell to my knees again praising His name

And within me was born a need to
share, His message to all whom
I would meet, about the One who could
change many lives and bring many more
souls to taste His eternal peace

And never will I walk that path again,
but in the newness of life I begin,
showing the love that was given to
me that night, by Him alone who
Forgives all sin.

And the love that He did embrace me
with is now freely given to all that
I meet, for my Lord did place within
me a gift of love, to give to all
who do now seek His enduring grace

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Mildred Sheldon10/21/10
I wonder what would happen if more people looked into a mirror and truly examined themselves. Would they be satisfied with what they saw? I enjoyed this self examination very much. Thank you.
Philippa Geaney 10/22/10
Stunning and beautiful sentiment.
I'm not a poet but I would have left out a few words dotted here and there that interrupted the flow. I really enjoyed it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/22/10
This is beautiful. It choked me up a bit. You really opened up your heart and let your feelings out.
Jan Ackerson 10/24/10
A fine message for us all to heed--thank you.

This is a bit bumpy in the meter department--and if you're talking to yourself in the mirror, is that really a conversation, or is it a monologue?

Your tender heart is very evident here!
Colin Nielsen10/25/10
I enjoyed reading your story. Structured Peotry is not normally my thing so I'll leave all the nits to those who know more than I. I often look back on what my life used to be like. to what it is now, and what it is becoming. Thanks for putting this up.