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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: Not This Minute, Son!
By Leola Ogle
03/09/11


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Chubby baby hands holding his blanket
Short toddler legs racing toward dad
“Not this minute, son, I’m too busy”
Quivering chin, tearful eyes, so sad

Book clutched in pre-school fingers
Hoping daddy will take a minute to read
But daddy’s preparing his sermon
Then visiting his parishioners in need

His baseball team made the playoffs
Champion pitcher, home run hitter was he
No daddy sitting up in the bleachers
Just couldn’t find a minute that was free

Good son - honor roll in high school
Star athlete, lead role in the school play
His daddy intended to be there
Obligations, church duties kept him away

College - feeling rejected, dejected, disconnected
A joint, a beer, hard drugs, partying
The euphoria soon gave way to addiction
Darkness, hopelessness, spiraling, plummeting

Broken, dad never meant this to happen
A kind, loving, and responsible man
Wounded heart, shattered hopes, guilt ridden
Contrite, asking God for another chance

Willing now to give of his minutes
Hours, days, weeks, months, or years
Aware that in tending the needs of others
He’d almost lost what was most dear

Restoration, renewed relationship came slowly
Moment by moment, healing, make amends
Father and son reunited, love flourished
Nurtured, never to be neglected again.

God’s calling for faithful servants
Harvest is plentiful, the workers too few
But our first ministry begins at home
Deceptive snare good people pursue

1 Timothy 3:5 “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” NIV


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Helen Curtis03/12/11
This is very powerful and is a strong reminder to 'spend' time with our kids. I feel this is easy to read and had a good pace to it, I wanted to keep reading. I'm so pleased it ended with reconcilliation, too.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/13/11
Far too often parents don't realize hew ignoring a child can lead to devastating results. Beautiful poem.
Michael Throne03/15/11
Good job! I appreciated the thought behind this, as well as the verse at the end. Well written!
Bonnie Bowden 03/16/11
Excellent poem. I'm glad the MC realized all the opportunities he was missing, bonding with his son.
diana kay03/17/11
well done! i missed this the first time but i can see that it is a winner
Jan Christiansen03/17/11
I agree with an earlier comment - this is powerful stuff! It never ceases to amaze me that 26 letters in an alphabet can be arranged skillfully to change a person's thinking, heart - life!

Thank you for using the gift God gave you for His glory!