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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: The Haven
By Sue Stone


When all the darkness of a world gone mad with "me" and "mine"
presses against your heart with its dark futility,
watch the world and see what happens
when self becomes the measure of the truth,
no one way better or worse than another,
with no standard to give it value.
Relativism a place with no verities.
What type of world is it
when millions of selves become the arbiters of what is right,
of what is holy,
what is worth believing,
each competing,
the child molester no less worthy of admiration
than the hero who rescues the dying,
where killing the sick and old seeming as good a deed as healing,
and children seem a futility of expense.

Listen to that cacophony of competing voices
drowning out a truth they do not want to face,
the fact that without family,
there is an empty hole in life,
where self-loathing shadows over the death of hope,
the fact that chasing sex and intoxication
will never sustain,
that things break,
heros fail,
that isms are imperfect answers for that hole in their lives,
and that no matter how they veil the reality,
their choices are leading them to a nightmare world,
where they try to make shifting desires the center of all,
turning the old granite of truth into quicksand,
unable to sustain a purposeless life.

Listen, and ask yourself,
have we not created the tower of Babel anew,
confusing our hearts, our spirits, our future
in our hubris to say Man, and not God is the center?

Where then, is the firm land
that will let you stand while the chaos grows,
as the center cannot hold,
and things fall apart?

The answer was given to you in the life of a single person
sent here with one purpose,
to bring you home.
Even now, he calls through the bitter waters of modern life,
and offers that transformation
that creates a sanctuary against the storm.
Look upon his cross,
his tomb,
his resurrection and know
one greater than any man
has touched the world,
leaving a cross-shaped beacon pointing the way
to the place where heaven and earth come crashing together,
an island of meaning against the midnight,
bought with blood,
sustained by love.

Laugh at him as old fashioned as you cry against the dark,
or listen to what he has to say,
and find the purpose you were missing.

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Jan Ackerson 06/03/06
This reads more like prose than poetry--would you consider putting in in paragraph form?

I really enjoyed the first stanza especially--you made some great points.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/05/06
Alot of Common Sense packed into this "prosaic" essay... and so much Truth! Even from a layman's POV, I thought it awesomely written. It holds the reader captive with a much needed modern day message. Well done!
Julia May06/05/06
Very well written and so full of truths. Sounds like a modern day prophet. Great job. In Christ's Love,

Edy T Johnson 06/07/06
I like your format. It seems more readable to me, prompting me to linger over specific ideas (that I might miss in a paragraph).

Your message is solid and gives a meaningful contrast between the life of purpose and the slippery slope of the broad way. Thank you for this.
Shari Armstrong 06/08/06
Some powerful images - I loved the "cross-shaped beacon"! some good stuff :)