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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: God's Tapestry of Time
By Linda Watson Owen


Long, long before the world was born, before created things,
God walked the Holy halls of Heaven midst ‘will be’ whisperings.

No being yet arrayed those halls, nor tactile substance formed.
The echo of God’s footstep was alone in Heaven’s morn.

God strolled the corridor of thought and felt a yearning there
for something that would be His own to love beyond compare.

God’s hand lay empty on the sill as He looked out to see
far vast expanses of His Heaven and all Eternity.

Then in the whispers of His heart, the womb of God’s Great Mind,
a thread of thought came into form, the Tapestry of Time,

The Tapestry of Time-to-Be, of time birthed from above,
a tapestry of wonder woven on God’s loom of Love.

God’s Hands, no longer empty, held the Cloth that soon would bear
the images of time and space, bright stars and planets fair.

Quick rustling wings of angels fluttered with each stitch God made
until God’s Tapestry of Time had aptly taken shape.

All angel eyes were filled with awe to see God’s masterpiece,
but wondered when they noticed He had not the thread released.

“There still is more. It is not done.” He spoke for all to hear
as cherubs and arch angels flew on new wings to draw near.

They all peered into threads God wove into time’s tapestry.
Could anything be left to do? They saw no further need.

But God’s Great Heart still sought for more than each thread had produced.
The fingers of his artful Hands found threads still few and loose.

“There still is room to weave the thread that my heart’s yearning for.”
And then God spun a strand of gold, but red was at its core.

A puzzlement this new thread seemed to all created eyes.
No other strand was similar in color, weight, or size.

God held the new thread lovingly and wove it by His plan.
“This thread that you are seeing now is My creation. Man.”

All watched as there into the cloth mankind came into view.
God’s Tapestry of Time displayed each precious golden hue.

All Heaven hushed to read the tale the tapestry relayed
of every human moment stitched in every glorious shade.

The story grew upon the cloth. Then all creation gasped
to read the shadows that descended on the cloth so fast.

The golden strand turned into gray, the pallid tone of death.
All Heaven cried and could not guess at what would happen next.

But then the red within the gold came suddenly to life,
and like a river strong and bold erased the gray of strife.

Mankind returned to vibrance. Time’s tapestry shone bright.
And angels asked the Weaver what had saved Man’s day from night.

“The red within the golden strand was not a simple thread.
It cost far more than you can know. Far more,” this Great God said.

“Look here within the story. See, man chose to turn away.
He didn’t understand the loss, the price I’d choose to pay.”

“He didn’t understand the love that I could have for him,
nor would he know the depths of night resulting from his sin.”

“Oh, yes, the golden thread is man, the best of all I’ve made,
my heart of hearts, my earthly child, whose value never fades.”

The angels could not understand but bowed before such Love,
“You see,” God said, “the red thread is the shedding of my Blood.”

All angels, cherubs, seraphs, more, spread wings and bowed beneath
in utter awe of God’s pure Love, His sacrifice complete.

Then singing from the Heavenly realms wove melodies sublime
and glorified the Savior in the Tapestry of Time.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/01/07
What a wonderful poem--containing both creation and salvation! The title first drew me; then I enjoyed the descriptive poetry. My favorite line: Woven on God's loom of love.
Pat Guy 03/01/07
This ministered to me ... it's so beautiful.
Laurie Glass 03/02/07
Well developed, nice rhythm, beautiful wording. Can you tell I enjoyed this poem? ;) Absolutely lovely.
Lori Othouse 03/02/07
So beautiful! I love the imagery and the description of God's amazing love for man. Terrific!
Elizabeth Baize03/04/07
What a beautiful and creative way to tell the this timeless story! This was a blessing to me.
Phyllis Inniss03/05/07
What a great poem! While reading it I was telling myself, if only I could write a poem like that, I would be really happy. God gave you such talent. I'm glad you're sharing it.
Sharlyn Guthrie03/05/07
This is such a beautiful poem. I especially liked the part near the end about the angels. It all flows effortlessly.
Pat Guy 03/06/07
I knew this one was yours ... ;)
Joanne Sher 03/06/07
Oh so beautiful and meaningful and lovely. You gave me a wonderful new image of creation.
Marilee Alvey03/06/07
The thought had crossed my mind to write of God quilting the stars, moon and sky...but I couldn't figure out how. I'm glad I didn't. Yours was so moving, so touching. I'm not good at reviewing poetry, but this was wonderful. I felt as if I were gazing over His shoulder. You are very, very talented!
Jan Ackerson 03/06/07
Oh, Linda, wonderful as usual. I love the 14-syllable couplets, such an unusual choice.
Joanne Malley03/06/07
This is beautiful...so profound, detailed and touching! Amazing work! Blessings, Jo
Allison Egley 03/06/07
Great job. The rhyme and meter flowed well throughout.
Donna Powers 03/07/07
Amazing imagery and a lovely verse. It touched my heart and I am glad you shared it
Elizabeth Bussey03/08/07