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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: take a different view
By diana kay


The view from the roof is stunning
A place to relax and let go
Of all the cares and burdens that weigh heavy
In the busy streets and peoples' lives down below.
Godís presence surrounds me with blessing
And I can rest in this hammock in peace
The breeze on my skin is so refreshing
I feel like Iím back at the boats
With the waves of the sea gently lapping
Across the passing years, my mind floats.

It was a long time ago that I was casting
My nets on that hot summerís day When Jesus called
ďCome leave your fishingĒ as he was passing
ďFollow me, where I travel you to can goĒ
So through fire and to the mountain tops I have followed
In both palaces and prisons have I trod
Through joy and sorrow He has surely led me
This is my portion as a servant of God.

Jesus changed my outlook from sinner to a freedman
I still hunger for more of his presence and power
I want to feast at his side in abundance
As before me a generous table is spread
But Lord what is this you have placed here?
I cannot eat snakes or lizards, given me bread!
Not a mouse or a buzzard or gecko
No Lord! these unclean things I dread
Unclean, Lord, unclean I am calling
Please donít test me Lord, just take them away
Give me roast lamb with special spices in lovely gravy
Kosher food is so delicious cooked that precise way.

Peter, my son, if I can touch a sinner and make him Holy
And make a dead woman rise from her bed
Then I have the power to make food clean surely
It is not the way that it is cooked
You must now look upward and outward and forwards
It is time to change your outlook
You must change your way of thinking for I have new plans for you
A new task for you I will prepare.

Now arise from your slumber as three men
I am sending, from a Centurion to your door
Get up, get up, they are calling you, Peter
You must go with these men thatís for sure
For I am sending you to a to a man named
Cornelius, not a Jew but a soldier is he.

Cornelius is ready and willing
I have prepared his heart just watch and see
First you must eat all he sets down before you
Be it pancake or noodles or fish
Or locust or camel a wild beast, even two
Donít hesitate and do not grumble
I am commanding you to try every dish.

So remember these words I have spoken
The vision I have shown you is my pledge
I am sending you not just to Jews but to Gentiles
A new chapter of the book has been opened
Look upwards, look outwards and be ready
Make haste and go forth and bring my message,
Proclaim it from the beach to the rooftops to the valley
From the desert to cities and plains
A message of hope and forgiveness
That all men that are bound now can be free
That everyone is acceptable to our great God
There are no longer Jews or Gentiles or soldiers
Or tanners or bakers or slaves
They all are my people, my children,
My loved ones who can be part of my race
Now to all nations, all people, all countries

Comes the message and song of my Grace.

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Mildred Sheldon06/10/11
Thank you for your poetry. Taking a different view only comes after we turn from this world towards Jesus.
Kathleen Langridge06/11/11
I am in awe of the skill it takes to write poetry like this. You have captured it so well.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/12/11
Oh, this is good! I like how the story unfolds in this poem, moving the person from his comfort zone in a not so comfortable area but the Lord wants him to trust in HIM, as he paved the way. I liked your little morsels of humor scattered in this piece.
"...First you must eat all he sets down before you
Be it pancake or noodles or fish
Or locust or camel a wild beast, even two
Donít hesitate and do not grumble
I am commanding you to try every dish." Boy do we grumble sometimes don't we? Wink. Your story poem is one many of us can relate to.:)
Kelvin Fowler06/15/11
Totally enjoyed it, especially the end. Well done. Cheers
Sarah Elisabeth 06/15/11
Amen! Great look from Peter's point of view.
Rachel Phelps06/15/11
What a fun take on this story. Great work!
Edmond Ng 06/15/11
An excellent piece! I enjoyed this poem from Peter's POV with our Lord speaking to him. I especially like the account of the vision and the message of the needed change in outlook. You have brought to life the events through your words.