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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Most Valuable Pray-er?
By Al Boyce


The sports agent waited, hat in his hand
Near the plush inner office of Alex McBrand
Fresh from assignment (well after three beers)
Of assessing sports stars over two thousand years.

The idea was one of the best he had seen
Made easy with Alex's new time machine
He flitted from Athens, to Tokyo and back
Filling a notebook with his chicken scratch

But now when it came to name the athlete
The agent was getting a case of cold feet
Who would have imagined, who'd have surmised
The winner would turn out to be Jesus Christ?

But look at the record, he thought as he waited
The athletic achievements that Christ demonstrated
While Michael Jordan had leaps of renown
When Jesus went up, he NEVER came down

In tennis, is any more deft with a volley
Than Jesus deflecting a Pharasee folly?
We've all seen good guards handling balls from the stands
But has anyone ever had Jesus' great hands?

In volleyball, athletes show great skill and nerve
But it took Jesus Christ to define the word "serve."
While sportsmen win trophies for landing marlin
Our Savior was the very first fisher of men!

Water skiers do many tricks while afloat
But Jesus trod water -- without skis or boat.
And while all other atletes have faded away
The memory of Jesus has power today.

The agent looked up as McBrand strutted in
And feeling much better, he picked up his pen
Preparing to make his case for Christ stick
There really was no one else he could pick

A man of such power, such glory and grace
A man who taught others to win their own race
Yet laying aside all this speculative talk
The one thing to copy -- would be Jesus' walk

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Lori Othouse 02/23/07
I love the analogy here. Never thought of it quite that way before, which makes for great writing. Excellent!
Joanne Sher 02/24/07
Definitely a new perspective - and written so wonderfully and masterfully. Excellent!
Allison Egley 02/24/07
Oh, this was great. The only thing I may have changed would be the title, because I didn't see much of an emphasis on praying. But that's really a moot point. I loved this.
Betty Castleberry02/24/07

Good meter and rhyme. I love the last line. It makes the whole poem. Very well done.
Jacquelyn Horne02/24/07
All of the above. I really enjoyed this poem. Good job.
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/24/07
Haha! Great job! Very creative.
Jan Ackerson 02/25/07
This is wonderful! I especially liked the bit about Jesus's "serve." Clever, well-written, and with a great message.
Joanney Uthe02/25/07
This is very creative. I love the idea of finding the best athlete of all time and coming up with Christ. Great job.
Michelle Burkhardt02/27/07
Fantastic poem with a fantastic title. I cannot imagine being a judge and trying to pick the best of the best...Great job.
Patty Wysong02/28/07
So cool! I never would've put Christ as a super-star athlete, but when looked at like this, He really was! :-) Wonderful take on MVP. :-)
Sara Harricharan 02/28/07
LOVE this! This is great, really wonderful! The flow is so smooth and the story so true, even though I've never thought of it this way, a very creative angle. Thanks for sharing such wonderful writing! ^_^
Donna Emery02/28/07
Very clever, very original, extremely enjoyable! So glad I read this. Thanks for sharing it