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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

TITLE: Oh What Fury!
By Jan Ross


Once a captive sinner lingered
Drowning in a world of sin
Daily battles drawing deeper;
Blinded eyes from pain within.

“Here, take this, and you’ll feel better;
This will surely ease your pain!”
Desperation, fear and anger,
Crushed, confused, nearly insane.

Deep depression and addiction
Led to deeper throes of sin
Night by night a different bedroom
Day by day war raged within.

“Here’s a gun, now go and end it!
There’s no hope for those like you!”
All life’s meaning, swept and vacant
Pain’s despair kept truth from view.

Wasted, empty, and depleted,
Nothing gained; there was no more.
Questions filled a searching heart, yet
Hope was gone, and life was o’er.

Lying on the cold, hard sidewalk
People pointing, nodding … “Shame!”
Cast aside like trash and refuse
Useless rubbish, worthless frame.

Suddenly a soft word spoken
Eyes of love reached depths unknown.
“Take my hand and let me show you
You’ve a Friend, you’re not alone!”

“I’ve no friends and none can love me.
Who is this? What is His Name?
What makes you think you can help me?
I’m not worth it, what’s your game?”

“Jesus is His name; He’ll save you
From a life of sin and shame.
All He asks is that you trust Him
Call on Him; confess His name.”

Bowing down, they prayed together,
“Jesus, save this sinner’s life.
Change her heart, cleanse and redeem her
Take away this pain and strife.”

Once a sidewalk, now an altar,
Old life died, new life began.
Hope was born that blessed morning.
Hallelujah to the Lamb!

Rage and fury shook hell’s portals
“You can’t have her; it’s too late!”
Jesus held her closely to Him
“Flee from her, there’s no debate!”

Halted! Banned! And, oh, what furry!
Who is this whom hell obeys?
Oh, what sovereign power wielded;
Oh, what vict’ry He displays!

Holding out His arms he stayed them,
Devils, demons, imps enraged.
Not one evil plot succeeded
Stirring anger, wrath, and rage.

This is Jesus, Lord, Redeemer
Sovereign King, Victorious One
Faithful Judge, Triumphant Warrior
Conquering Savior, God’s own Son!

Once a sinner, now forgiven
No more sin and guilt and shame;
Daily battles prove His promise
There is vict’ry in His Name.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/09/07
This poem, written in such excellent rhythm and rhyme, presents a wonderful message of salvation.
Lynda Schultz 08/09/07
This is wonderful. I assume that this "oh, what furry!" was meant to be that same as your title. But, no matter, this is great stuff.
Betty Castleberry08/10/07
Excellent. I love the flow, the imagery, the carefully chosen words. I love it all.
Joanne Sher 08/12/07
Amazing images and word choice. What a message!
Kristen Hester08/13/07
Lovely and Powerful.

I loved this stanza:
Rage and fury shook hell’s portals
“You can’t have her; it’s too late!”
Jesus held her closely to Him
“Flee from her, there’s no debate!”

Great job!
Jan Ackerson 08/13/07
Every word beautifully placed...I particularly liked "once a sidewalk, now an altar..." This is really great!
George Parler 08/13/07
I loved the rhythm in this piece. The message was heavy with His loving grace. Thanks for sharing this.
Joy Faire Stewart08/13/07
Wonderful message and beautifully written.
Dee Yoder 08/13/07
I wrote down the same line as Jan as my favorite, so I won't repeat it, but your poem is beautiful and flowing. Powerful image of the Savior's defeat of Hell.
Catrina Bradley 08/13/07
Oh, what joy this poem brought to my heart! I love the dual image of this line: "Holding out His arms he stayed them,". The 2nd to last stanza is my favorite. From there to the end, I thought I was reading one of those beautiful old hymns.
Sharlyn Guthrie08/13/07
This is both powerful and inspiring. Great title, too.
Linda Watson Owen08/13/07
Beautiful story, beautiful imagery, but personally, I immensely enjoyed the perfect flow and melody of word sounds here. Masterfull crafted! A joy to read...and reread!
Lynda Lee Schab 08/14/07
The sidewalk / altar line struck me too as a favorite. A few minor clips here and there, but who cares? Such a beautiful poem and a hard-hitting message of God's redeeming love. Superb!
Patty Wysong08/14/07
Wonderful! I loved the 'Rage and fury' stanza and how she was held closely. I can picture that so vividly. Super!!
Pamela Kliewer08/14/07
What a wonderful poem - full of victory! You have made my heart SING today... Victory in Jesus... my Savior forever...