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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Tension
By Suzanne R
08/21/06


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We don’t have to try … and yet we do.
We don’t have to labour … and yet we do.
We don’t have to produce … and yet we do.

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We’ve been given a future.
We’ve been graced with life.
We’ve been gifted by the Creator.

Not for us the heavy splintered wood Christ carried to Golgotha.
Not for us the piercing crushing pain.
Not for us the jeering barbs of those we choose to love.

The cross He gives is light.
The value He places on us is unfathomable.
The Spirit He indivisibly melds with our own is that of God Himself.

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So now what?

Simply lie back, basking in His love?
Smile sweetly, exuding warmth to those who happen to draw near?
Raise our hands, expecting to be embraced by our perfect Father?

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It’s not enough.

The cross must impact every dark and dusty corner of our lives.
The cross must propel us into action.
But we must initiate the movement.

We must tighten and flex the muscles.
We must move the Body.
We must reach out.

We are the church, redeemed, released, called.

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Calamity … tragedy … delusion…
Love … life … laughter…
Work … play … rest…

PEOPLE

SOULS

ETERNITY

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We, the church, have the cross.
We, the church, have the commission.
We, the church, have the empowerment.

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We don’t have to try … and yet we do.
We don’t have to labour .. and yet we do.
We don’t have to produce … and yet we do.

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Why?

Because of the cross.


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Lynda Schultz 08/24/06
I'm not sure what to call it — poetry or prose —, but I do know that I like this very much - simple, sleek, and super. Good work.
Jan Ackerson 08/25/06
I especially like "...the cross He gives is light..." because I read "light" first as a noun, and then as an adjective. It works equally well either way, and even know I can't decide which way you meant it. Delightful.
Amy Michelle Wiley 08/25/06
Wow. Very unusual style. I like it a lot. Some deep stuff in there. Well done!
Beth Muehlhausen08/28/06
Probing, piercing...challenging. Nice "framing" of beginning and end. Enjoyed the unique format.
Rita Garcia08/28/06
Beautiful,inspiring and a touching view of the cross!
Phyllis Inniss 08/31/06
Life itself is tension and we are lucky to have the Cross and the Resurrection. Your poem says it all. Very fine entry.
Val Clark08/31/06
Hiya Suz! Finally get to read the finished product. Very challengeing and yet encouraging poem. I'm with Beth on the great circular nature of the piece, too.
Karen Ward09/01/06
I just love this piece. So true and a struggle that we all must face at times as we work out our theology and try to live with the gift of salvation instead of earning it...