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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Take Note
By Charla Diehl
09/11/07


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I had a dream the other night
That filled my heart with such insight,
That now with you Id like to share
The lesson learned, if I dare.

Ill speak of familiar sinners,
All guests at a special dinner.
Will you know some by their name?
Will you share with some their earthly pain?

The sinful crowd just seemed all wrong,
But then the angels sang a song
And ushered in the Prince of Peace
Who offered them a heavenly feast.

Theres the neighbor who was mean to me,
Scolding me daily when I was three.
I loved to pick her pretty flowers
Over which she toiled uncounted hours.

And then I spied a gentleman caller
When in his prime, he was much taller.
He was arrogant and had selfish ways,
He was a lonely man in his aging days.

And theres Miss Fancy Roving Eyes
A reputation earned I once surmised,
She married rich, then married well,
But I thought she died and went to hell.

Whos that standing in the hall?
Why its that gossip, Miss Appall,
Mercy me, can this be right?
Joe Judgmental is in my sight.

And now a smiling face I ponder
A stranger speaks to me in wonder,
I didnt expect to find you here,
You were always so unkind my dear.

I beg your pardon, have we met?
A smile like yours Id not forget.
Oh yes, but it was some years past
My appearance then made you gasp.

I was a beggar dressed in dirty clothes,
You snickered and then turned up your nose.
You felt your money made you better
Than the bearded man in the rumpled sweater.

Can you imagine my surprise,
I spanned the crowd with puzzled eyes -
Miss Haughtys head was bending down
To receive a stunning, dazzling crown.

And then our Savior took His place
And we were filled with His grace.
He asked if we remembered when
He died for us and all our sins.

The room grew silent--no one stirred,
We listened to His every word.
A new heart He gave to each,
His love for all we vowed to teach.

And then I woke still young, not old
And sorted through this story told.
Ill not point fingers anymore,
Instead Ill count my blessings more.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. (NLT)


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Kathy Bruins09/13/07
Very meaningful writing...how often we put ourselves in the judgement seat.
Jan Ackerson 09/16/07
Nicely done, and we should all take note.
Jacquelyn Horne09/17/07
Very deep truth in this poem. I especially liked the last two lines.
Linda Watson Owen09/17/07
Oh, what a delightfully insightful poem! With some polishing of the rhythm it will shine!
Janice Cartwright09/18/07
I liked your poem so well and the message it carries is lovely indeed. Nice writing!