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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: Quiet
By Virginia Gorg
09/04/07


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Quiet


I read somewhere that Iím supposed to come to You boldly, Lord.
Itís somewhere in Your Bible.
I know I havenít read it in years.
Since Iím supposed to be bold, here I am.
Do You hear me?
Can You see me?
Bold is something Iím not very good at doing.
You see, when Iím in a crowd of people, I never talk.
No one listens.
At work, people always make fun of me because Iím so quiet.
At home, my family does things without me.
No one cares.
So, God, do You care or does my voice just fade away into nothingness?
Hereís the thing Ė I need someone I can trust.
Someone who really does care about me.
Someone who will listen to me.
Iím lost in this great big world and just donít seem to fit in anywhere.
I read that bold means being fearless.
Iím more like totally fearful.
I feel really stupid standing here in my room talking to You.
Are You listening?
Do You really hear me when I talk?
Does my voice penetrate the far reaches of Heaven?
Is there even a God out there?
Are You too busy with everyone else to hear me?
I know Iím like a grain of sand, but canít You just this once answer me?
Wait . . what do I hear . . . softly in my mind?
Quiet?
Iím too quiet?
Oh, You want me to be quiet?
Iím not sure how I can be bold and quiet at the same time.

Iíll
try
to
sit
quietly
and
wait.

And
wait.

And
wait.


Singing? I hear singing?

I
sit
quietly
and
listen
to
the
voice
of
Him
Who
cares.

I
feel
a
great
peace
upon
me.


O, Lord, You do hear me.
I finally understand that I must be quiet and learn to listen to You.
It is so Your love can quiet my soul.


I
hear
heavenly
singing.


I do not understand how You can rejoice over me, a worm.


Nevertheless, I know that You will allow me to come boldly to Your throne of Grace.

References: Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV), Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)


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Dee Yoder 09/06/07
Very beautiful! I can't think of a single Christian who hasn't felt this kind of fear and confusion over what He asks of us. I like the part about hearing singing from Heaven. The form you used suggests the hesitation of thought the MC is experiencing. Good writing!
Linda Watson Owen09/10/07
what a treat! I really like this. You've mirrored so candidly the thoughts that I'm sure most of us have as we grow in our relationships with the Lord. Yes, the contrast in line length serves this poem very well, very effective! Great job!