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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: With Joy
By Laurie Glass
05/21/06


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With joy, I remember
planning your existence,
setting forth your purpose,
determining your destiny.

Elated, as I shaped you in My mind.
Shy or outgoing,
a leader or a follower,
lanky or petite,
with raven or corn silk hair,
with azure or hazel eyes?
Careful as I created you
to fulfill My plan for your life.

I treasured your creation
and my heart leapt
upon giving you your first breath,
when you began to walk and talk,
and every time you asked about Me.

Oh, how I rejoiced
the day you called Me Lord for the first time,
and Iíve never grown tired of hearing your voice.
Oh, the sound of your precious voice.
Whether youíre chatting about your day,
earnestly seeking guidance,
crying out of brokenness,
pleading for forgiveness,
or engaging in worship,
such sweet melody melts my heart.

Oh, how I delight today
to know youíre so close
that I can feel your breathe.
You cling to Me,
afraid to loosen your grasp,
fix your eyes on Me as if Iíll vanish
if you look away for even a second.

With joy,
I celebrate
My adored creation who is you.


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Pat Guy 05/25/06
How precious the thoughts of our Lord about us. It would be awesome to know. You capture what we can only imagine and bring it to our hearts. Beautiful and warming.
Beth Muehlhausen05/26/06
How appropriate, to turn things around a bit and investigate God's joy rather than obsessing over our own. :-)

Loved your word choices: God was ELATED and He TREASURED and REJOICED...and for today, He chose DELIGHT!!! If these words convey what God thinks of me, then what business do I have getting down on myself??!?

This seemed to speak to me particularly clearly today. I am weary and feeling defeated - but if God loves me like this, I can trust Him (as in your first stanza) for not only existence, but purpose and destiny.

Thanks for the reminder that my destiny (even for today) lies beyond weariness, disappointment, and defeat.

Amen and amen. :-)
Helen Paynter05/27/06
How lovely. I started thinking it was a parent speaking to a child. THen as it became apparent that God was speaking, I loved the intimate way you described his delight in us - just like the way I delight in my girls (only better, of course!) I hope this places.
Linda Watson Owen05/28/06
Oh, I love the voice of God in this beautifully tender poem! You've captured such delicate and strong love here! I also love the alliteration, the melody in your word sounds. Wonderfully creative, a unique perspective. I can truly feel the heart of God in this!! Beautiful!!!
Marilyn Schnepp 05/31/06
Oh, this is just beautiful, and speaks so tenderly about the love of God. I Loved It!My only question is, and I am probably wrong...wouldn't it sound better if it ended with..."my adored creation WHICH is you", instead of "who"? I'm no expert, just thought it might sound better. Very nicely done!