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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: His words
By Melanie Kerr
01/30/07


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One single desire
Was burning inside
That the people of God
Were unable to hide

With spirits ignited
And hearts that were stirred
They called out to Ezra
“Please, read us His Word”

All who were able
The young and the old
Silently stood as
God’s story was told

The words pure and lucid
As bold Erza read
Filled each of the hearers
With a terrible dread

How far they had wandered
Off God’s holy path
For sure they were living
So close to his wrath

The Book like a sword
Cut straight to the heart
The words Ezra read
Were painful and sharp

Their heads dropped in sorrow
And tears were shed
Sad, mournful weeping
Among the crowd spread

Would God forgive them
Their adulterous ways?
Or abandon His people
For the rest of their days?

No longer His treasure?
His jewels? His crown?
But torn from His head
And cast to the ground?

“Don’t weep,” Ezra shouted
“On this sacred day
God knows you’ve repented
Your guilt’s put away

“With jubilant dancing
And triumphant song
Celebrate with joy that
To Him you belong”

The feast on the table
Choice food and good wine
Comes with His promise
“Forever, you’re mine!”





based on Nehemiah Chapter 8


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Phyllis Inniss 02/03/07
A poem of repentance about a people who have sinned. The poem moves along as Ezra reads the Word of God that prick the hearers' hearts and you have kept the rhythm and the tone in tune with each other. A good poetic reminder for us who have strayed from God's path.
Joanne Sher 02/03/07
You absolutely brought this scene to life with this wonderful piece. A lesson for all of us. I loved almost every stanza, but especially the last.
Mariane Holbrook02/04/07
What a lovely commentary on Ezra. And you did it with perfect meter. I love the feeling the poem knew exactly where it was going and was in a hurry to get there. Good job.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/05/07
Perfection personified! A real bona fide poetic poem that rhymes and flows with a rhythmic beat and a powerful message straight from the Good Book! Loved it! (it bothered me that it didn't have any punctuation, except for the question marks - but perhaps that's just me) Brilliant entry and on target Topic-wise.
Jan Ackerson 02/06/07
Very nice! The last several stanzas just resonate with grace.
Sally Hanan02/06/07
YES! This is the God we serve - One who is quick to forgive, even in the OT, when we are ready to obey.
Linda Watson Owen02/06/07
Oh, how I love the story of Ezra! I almost tried it on for size for this topic, but so glad I didn't...your version is wonderful!