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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: Oh Come with Me
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Oh come with me in memory
To see a place I loved to be.
From childhood times that I recall,
Camp meeting was the best of all.

In summertime we’d travel there
For Bible study, songs, and prayer.
We’d see some friends that were quite dear
Although we met just once a year.

The children’s meetings were a treat
When Bible heroes we would meet,
Like Moses, David, Daniel, too,
And Noah with his sailing zoo.

The colors on a cardboard chart
Revealed how God could change a heart,
While prophets on a flannel board
Would bring a message from the Lord.

We stretched our arms from side to side
To show God’s love was “Deep and Wide.”
Our finger candles we’d let shine
And sing “This Little Light of Mine.”

At night to services we went
Inside the tabernacle tent.
The sound of singing was so great,
It must have reached to heaven’s gate.

The preaching that we heard was loud
With “amen’s” sprinkled through the crowd,
But with some sermons long and deep,
We little ones would go to sleep.

And last would come the altar call
When sinners on their knees would fall.
Converted ones would voices raise
To offer God their grateful praise.

Then after service folks would chat
Of blessings, weather, this and that,
But children did not linger there;
Enticing scents were in the air.

We’d run with quarters in our hands
And head toward concession stands
To get a hotdog with a drink,
The best I’ve ever had, I think.

From these sweet memories combined,
Words I sang then still bless my mind.
They’re “Jesus loves me, this I know
Because the Bible tells me so.”

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Benjamin Graber10/11/07
I can tell that this poem is full of good memories. Great work!
Linda Roth10/11/07
I like this. It is amazing how you got it all to rhyme, kept the meter right, and got the message in.
LauraLee Shaw10/11/07
You took me back to a very great place--Great rhyming!
Lynda Schultz 10/12/07
This is so wonderfully visual—I could see it and feel it! Nice work.
Janice Cartwright10/12/07
Precious memories, how they linger... I loved the soft cadence that seemed to lend itself to a simpler, sweeter time. Your poem is exactly to this reader's taste.
Dee Yoder 10/15/07
Your sweet poem brought back so many memories of campmeeting for me, too. I could picture every scene and even smell those hot dogs! (I agree; food tasted much ymmier when I got to buy it with a quarter and my friends and I could sit outside together to gobble down every bite!)
Linda Watson Owen10/15/07
Oh, what a delightful poem! I felt like I was 'right there' as I read it. It seems to me that this would make a wonderful poetry book with illustrations of 'camp meeting' for the little ones (and big ones!). Maybe even a coloring book style?! Great poem!
Stephen Pohl10/16/07
Beautifully captures the larger experience by focusing on specific details of the whole.
Sheri Gordon10/16/07
This is really precious. The sing-songy flow of the poem fits perfectly with your message. Nice job with the topic.
Betty Castleberry10/16/07
I just love your poems. They are so honest and real, and beautifully written, too. This one is no excpetion. Big thumbs up.
Joy Faire Stewart10/17/07
This is one of my favorite this week. You have painted a vivid memories picture. Excellent!
Sharlyn Guthrie10/17/07
Thanks for the memories! I could especially relate to, "But with some sermons long and deep,
We little ones would go to sleep." Love the precious ending, too.
Karen Wilber10/17/07
We didn't go to these where I grew up. You make me wish I had!