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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: Stones From the Past
By Annette Harris


When we go through life and we cross rivers we place stones in those rivers as a memorial to what we have came through. Sometimes we place unmarked stones in those rivers hoping they will never be uncovered. When rivers and streams flow, it also brings lose sand and jagged rock which goes with the flow. Some stones will remain with jagged edges while others will grow smooth. The stones that are jagged are the stones that we have not marked. The memories we donít want to remember. The events in our lives that were unforgivable in our thoughts. Those are the ones God wants to smooth out and not pierce the foot that steps in the rivers that follows. Only God knows the time when it is right in our lives to bring us back to those rivers. He will bring the invitation to a memorial service that we have to attend. When that invitation comes in a word from someone or by a word written it brings back emotions that not one of us want to deal with. As the time gets closer for the service to start the more anxiety we have. Fear begins to arise within the depths of our soul. Guilt overtakes us. We have lost the peace we once had. Even though those stones have been there a long time and we have walked in freedom in other areas of our lives with glorification to God, He wants His name to be glorified in all our predestined lives. He wants to justify us, just as He called us. He wants us to be whole and not part. Once you place your hand on the Door of healing and turn the knob He meets you right there to take your hand and delivers the service that needs to be done. It is by faith that you enter into the new beginning of your destiny. A place that was once filled with jagged edges and darkness, now is smooth and full of light. The pain that follows in that service is not to hurt us but to bring us to a more abundant life with Him. As we have entered in He now takes us out, working from the inside out, His temple has been cleansed from what debris we covered up. The flow of His river continues to run in fullness without ripples. Life is not easy and He never told us it would be, but you know what? I know it is all worth it in the end!

Stones from the Past

Through out my life I have placed
Jagged stones in a river of lost
In a secluded area
In the bank of memory never to be uncovered at any cost.
Until this day the Lord spoke to me
A Memorial service is at hand
Remembrance of untold pain
Will bring you into the promise land.
Stone of abortion
Stone of denial
Stone of rejection
Stones of over a mile.
Stone of unforgiveness
Stone of hurt and pain
Stone of unworthiness
Stone of guilt and shame.
This service I deliver you
From all of the above
To reassure you My daughter
Of my unfailing love.

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Donna Haug09/07/06
You had some very deep thoughts here. It would help a lot if you could split it up into paragraphs with spaces in between to make it more pleasant to read. Also, your poem could have spaces between the stanzas. Good truths.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/08/06
Very difficult for a reader to have an enjoyable read without paragraphing and spacing. But thank you for sharing.