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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)

TITLE: Precious Privilege
By Maura J. Merrigan
02/27/14


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Why had your life been cut so short?
I pine inside
You were the youngest of five
first to leave
I wrestle as I remain
My soul gripes and grieves
We were fifty years young
brothers and sisters grown
families of our own
Forgive me please
I didn´t often phone
Did you feel forgotten? alone?
I tremble in tears
Woulda, coulda, shoulda’s over the years
Wailing for answers
waning in the wind
When …
Whispers of wisdom stills my thirst:

¨First will be last and last will be first¨

Oh, how did I not see it before?
How privileged to ascend the eagle and soar!
We neither even considered
It wasn´t at all that you had to befall
Some short end of a stick
For you were called
from our family flock
to enter the most precious, pleasured place
to gaze
First
upon His glorious Face!
Highest honors you were due!
Here now missing you
Life lingers long
Tick tock tick

¨For many who are first will be last and last will be first¨ Matthew 20:16

God sees all His children the same in His kingdom. He has a divine authority to give and to take, to reward or not. In Matthew 20: 1-16, the parable of the workers in the vineyard, the owner chooses to be generous and give to whom he pleases, when he so chooses. One person´s work is not dependent on another´s. In the same way, our life and work for Jesus is not dependent on anyone else’s. There should be no comparing; and the Lord will bless and reward or bring those into His kingdom according to His divine time.

The loss of a loved one can be devastating. Mourning pains, regrets and past mistakes can leave us devastated. We sometimes feel when someone is taken too soon, it all went array. They got the ¨short end of the stick¨ somehow. Why weren't they privileged to live a long life here on earth?
The Lord Jesus loves us all the same. We will not be able to comprehend here on earth the reasons why some lives are cut short and others live a hundred years. Yet when we listen closely to our heart and the whispers of our Lord, seeking His beauty and His kingdom that awaits us, it is a riveting revelation: what a generous, precious privilege it must be to arrive first of our own to gaze upon His glorious face!


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Camille (C D) Swanson 02/28/14
Hauntingly beautiful!

God bless~
Hannah R02/28/14
I second that! It was well written, with a poetic twist. A good reminder to us. Thank you for that!
Maura J. Merrigan03/04/14
Awry :o I did know that. Oops.