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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)

TITLE: Fuel of Fear
By Katherine Kimbley
08/29/07


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Fear of the Lord
caused the hearts
of the first woman and man
to plummet,
and their souls
to quiver
at the sound of Holy feet
walking through leaves,
after they had strayed from Him
for the very first time.

It filled the souls
of unbelievers
as they watched God
close the door behind Noah’s family
while the first drops of rain
began to fall.

The sons of Jacob were terrified
as they knelt before
their youngest brother,
and that very same
fear of the Lord
gently prodded the one
who had been so deeply wronged
to show them mercy
and offer forgiveness.

Pharaoh hardened his heart,
against fear of the Lord,
but entered into
an intimate relationship with it
as he watched the sea
devour his great army.

It led both Jonah
and the people of Nineveh
into obedient action
toward the Almighty God.

Fear drove Daniel
to his knees
in the hopeless abyss
of the lions’ lair,
while it drove the lions
to keep their mouths shut.

Mary overcame fear
with obedience,
as she accepted the labels
of adulteress, sinner, whore,
and traded them in
for the honor bestowed upon her
by her glorious King.

A deeper fear
almost swallowed her whole
as she searched for her son –
The Sacrificial Lamb,
amid thousands of other
Passover lambs
for three whole days
in crowded Jerusalem.

Fear of man
drove Jesus to fervent prayer
and squeezed blood
from his pores
in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Fear of God
prodded Him
to drink the cup
prepared for Him.

Fear of the Lord
is fuel for our souls
and the beginning
of true understanding.


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Jan Ackerson 08/31/07
There are lots of great poetic images here, particularly in stanzas 4 and 9.

You've got the poetic chops, that's for sure--I'd love to see more use of the tools available in the poet's toolbox. I thought it fizzled a bit at the end, when you really wanted the punch.

Love the thematic trip through the Bible, and your wonderful word choices.
Rhonda Clark 08/31/07
This is absolutely lovely. Great way of walking us through the Bible.

Fantastic job.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/02/07
This brief Fuel of Fear encompassed many Biblical lessons for us all...and so easily understood. I enjoyed the read and learned from it. Nicely written.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/03/07
The last stanza is the perfect testimony for every Christian. I enjoyed your poetic journey through the Bible.