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

TITLE: With Love from your Bride-to-Be
By Benjamin Graber
10/05/07


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Dear Jesus,

I’ve been in pain quite often lately:
My arm’s been feeling out of joint,
My foot’s been bruised by rocky roads,
My back has offered its complaint—

There have been times, my gallant hero
I wish your healing touch was here,
The moments when the barbs of pain
Would leave my heart with doubts and fear—

My heart is churned by every ache
And I confess, I often lose
The sight of all you mean to me
In what I have been wrestling through—

But I have found that in the moments
Your love was foremost on my mind
The pain and troubles disappear
As if my love has made me blind—

My members all are joined together
When every thought is turned to you;
I rest in perfect harmony
When I can keep our dreams in view—

And now I see, in times of pain,
If I remember all you’ve done
Your love performs a miracle
As all my parts are bound as one.


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Janice Cartwright10/12/07
At first I thought simply of a physical body, but then the words and a quick glance again at your title confirmed it was the body of Christ of which you spoke. So true. Sometimes the church is in such agony it allows the bigger picture to slip away for a time. But He has promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church, the bride.
Laury Hubrich 10/13/07
I rest in perfect harmony
When I can keep our dreams in view—

Like that line. This was a thought-provoking poem.
Laury
Beth LaBuff 10/14/07
A absolutely LOVE your title...what a beautiful thought. I like the double meaning of your poem. This line, "My heart is churned by every ache" is such a perfect description! Lovely poem, beautifully and worshipfully written!
Marilyn Schnepp 10/15/07
A truly sweet poem of personal worship to our Lord and Savior. Well done.
Pat Guy 10/15/07
I loved the not-so-obvious allegory! This has so much depth, meaning and encouragement for the church and the Body of Christ and should be submitted somewhere. Don't let it sit around!

I so enjoyed this!
LauraLee Shaw10/15/07
This is brilliant.
Linda Watson Owen10/15/07
Oh, what a creative poem! So well done, communicating such tenderness. I really like the subtlety here, letting the title do the directing. Thank you for this lovely work!
Joanne Sher 10/16/07
This is wonderful, Ben. I have been there, and this so ministers to me. Much depth.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/16/07
This is an awesome poem for the church as the body of Christ. Outstanding writing.
Betty Castleberry10/17/07
This is so good. The message is great. Perfect title, too. Well done.
Beckie Stewart10/17/07
I like the way you presented unity in worship here!
Dee Yoder 10/17/07
Beautiful imagery of the Bride of Christ and the body of believers. You caused me to think of the last verse of Keith Greene's song, "When I Hear Your Praises Start":
"My precious bride, the day is nearing
when I'll take you in my arms and hold you.
I know there's been a lot of things that you've been hearing, but you just hold on to what I have told you..."

Lovely word pictures in this poem.
George Parler 10/17/07
The rhythm of this piece is a difinite song. I actually sung it as I read it. Great job.
Sharlyn Guthrie10/17/07
Superb! My favorite stanza is #4. Love the title, too.
David (The Goliath Assassin)12/09/07
Besides the fact that I generally struggle with the thought of being a bride, God or no God, lol... This poem was very true and very heartfelt, Ben! Thanks for posting this.