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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: The Bride
By marcella franseen
08/30/11


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In great expectation, the Bride waits the appointed hour,
When, before God and man, she and her beloved will take their vows.
Her heart, filled with the hope of future joy and honor,
Rests in confidence of her groom; no hesitation it allows.

Adorned in finest lace and silk, a fair beauty, but more to be praised,
Is the gentle and meek spirit inside-the Holy Spiritís work of grace.
Much like the flowers, who without shame, their face to the sun do raise,
In chastity and virtue, she meets her beloved groom face to face.

No longer two, before God, but one-let man, nor power, lay waste,
To what heaven, itself, has deemed holy, and placed its righteous seal upon.
Fervent love, contrary to its counterpart, from commitment makes no haste,
But, in obedience chooses marriage, and, in the end, much more has won.

The Church too, the Bride of Christ, awaits the appointed hour,
When her Groom will make His triumphant return in glory and in power.

With great zeal and anticipation, the Church awaits His unforeseen coming,
And allows the Holy Spiritís sanctifying work to purify her for His return.
With diligence, she seeks to prepare herself for His summoning-
Unlike the poor virgins, who foolishly carried no oil for their lamps to burn.

She is faithful to her Beloved and, in humility, seeks to obey His commands,
Keeping herself unspotted from the world, and showing mercy to widows and orphans.
Placing no other before Him, she turns from temptationís alluring hands,
Rejecting false suitorís attempts, she holds her Bridegroom, alone, in holy reverence.

In this present time, she suffers with Him, but no evil returns for evil;
These sufferings not worthy to be compared to the glory, one day, in her, revealed.
Being filled with His love, she is salt and light, a city set on a hill,
Who, by the death and rising of Christ, rests that her future has been sealed.

ďThe Lord God, Omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory,
For the Marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.Ē



Matthew 25; James 1:27; Romans 8:18; Matthew 5:13-14; Revelation 19: 6b-7


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/02/11
This poem is lovely. It especially touched me because my oldest just got engaged and is planning her wedding. I also liked the seemingly effortless transition from a bride to the Church awaiting her Groom.
Mildred Sheldon09/02/11
I love how you brought everything together from marriage between man and woman and the marriage of the Lamb. Beautifully written.
CD Swanson 09/03/11
Nice job! Smart read. God Bless~
Rachel Rudd09/05/11
Wonderful reminder of what God has in mind for marriage and his church...thanks for sharing!
Glynis Becker 09/08/11
Beautiful words! This is certainly the greatest expectation of all, isn't it? Wonderful entry.
CD Swanson 09/08/11
Hello Marcella! Congratulations on your wonderful piece...God Bless you~