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

TITLE: Remember, Read My Heart
By Linda Watson Owen


My Child, when sorrow covers you,
when every hope departs,
though faith may seem to be afar,
remember, read My Heart.

When you feel lost and all alone,
and suffer fear’s dread darts,
temptation will say I have gone,
but you can read My Heart.

For in your time of deepest need
you must this promise hold.
I love you more than words can say
more than can e’er be told.

I carry you within my breast.
Each hurt you bear, I feel.
And though all else may turn to dust,
My care for you is real.

So weather faithfully the storms
that tear and dash apart
each remnant of your earthly life.
Remember, read My Heart.

Fret not to understand the why
of losses you must bear.
For there will come a Time, you’ll see,
when I make all things fair.

Now rest your head upon my arm,
and we will bear the pain.
Though dark the night and steep the way,
I with you will remain.

Don’t trust the weakness of dim sight
for I the course will chart.
And when you fear you are alone,
remember, read My Heart.

“How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 35:7 (NIV)

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cindy yarger02/02/07
I like this. It's like something precious yet worn because of use. Good job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/02/07
This is not just a beautiful poem but wonderful words of comfort to hold close and remember for always.
Pat Guy 02/04/07
A keeper! A must read for all. Precious and lovely.
Mariane Holbrook 02/04/07
I found myself rocking back and forth as I read your piece. Your meter is so perfect, everything about it is perfect. It reminded me of the wonderful saying, "We may not always understand God's ways but we can trust His heart."

What a sensitive, lovely poem.
Sally Hanan02/04/07
This would be perfect on a card, or even a bookmark - like the fancy ones they sell in the Christian bookstores.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/05/07
Breathtakingly beautiful! I can't find the words, but it melted my heart to mush. Super and MASTERful job! Thank you. Kudos!!!
Jacquelyn Horne02/05/07
I'm not a poetry buff. I just know what I like, and I liked this one. Yes, the meter was great!
Jan Ackerson 02/06/07
How very lovely and true! I especially like the image of resting one's head on His arm and bearing the pain together.
Allison Egley 02/06/07
This was great. I loved all of it, but my favorite stanza was

"Fret not to understand the why
of losses you must bear.
For there will come a Time, you’ll see,
when I make all things fair."

What a day that will be when He makes all things fair!!
Donna Powers 02/06/07
This is a wonderfully comforting poem. I could easily see this posted in the entrance hall of a hospice and how well it would fit there. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing this gem
Joanne Sher 02/07/07
Oh - so lovely and genuine and heartfelt and BEAUTIFUL! I adore every line!
Laurie Glass 02/08/07
What a lovely poem, Linda. Congrats for making it into the EC again this week! :)
Jan Ross02/08/07
Congratulations on your win! As a judge this week, I found this to be perfectly crafted with a tender message that blessed me. Your talent is far from ordinary! Awesome! :)
Mariane Holbrook 10/15/07
This poem is too beautiful for me to tarnish with a comment. At this point in my life, I'm sure you can see why it's meaningful to me. I love this line:

"Now rest your head upon my arm,and we will bear the pain.Though dark the night and steep the way,I with you will remain."

I particularly like the use of the word "we" in this poem, Linda. How tender and lovely.