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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: The Opened Door: An Invitation to Church
By Linda Watson Owen


Dear one, is there a need you bear that burdens down your soul?
Is there some trouble, toil, or fear that brings you pain and woe?

And do you feel youíre all alone? Does comfort seem so far?
Does life for you sing saddened songs that break your hungering heart?

Please, let me help you to the door where arms are opened wide.
Though storms of life rage here for you, thereís warmth and peace inside.

Come to the altar of Godís love, surround yourself in friends,
who even now are praying for your wandering to end.

Theyíre waiting for your footsteps now, preparing all you need,
a banquet for your sighing soul, rest for your weary feet.

See, there, the opened door is yours, where friends youíve yet to know
stand watching, listening, for your steps. Iím here to tell you so.

Donít wait, my friend. Time hastens on. Please, let me take your hand.
Iíll help you to the opened door where your faith family stands.

The Light is bright there. Can you see Christ leading all the way?
Iím sure that once you enter in, youíll always want to stay.

For there within those caring arms, youíll see youíre not alone.
For those who wait once wandered too without a heavenly home.

But now each one is growing in the Son-Light of the Lord
and living in the glory of a soul thatís been restored.

Oh, hear the cheers for you, dear one! They see youíre coming near!
Run now into the fellowship of those whoíve prayed you here!

Such laughter! Such a song for you! No longer will you roam!
Grow stronger in their arms of love, you now have found your home.

ďBut if we walk in the light, as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son,
purifies us from all sin.Ē
I John 1:7 NIV

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Joanne Sher 10/19/07
This ought to be put on a plaque in the lobby of many, many churches. What a wonderful message beautifully told.
Dee Yoder 10/19/07
Lovely and inviting poetry. So many wonderful passages that show the heart of the church as it should be: joyful, and healing, and accepting.
Deborah Engle 10/20/07
Wonderful poem! This was very easy to read and very comforting to hear, even though I am fully involved in a wonderful church, one of which such things might be said.
LauraLee Shaw10/21/07
I love the heartfelt questions at the beginning with the answers that provided comfort following. This gave me a warm feeling inside. Beautifully written.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/22/07
A powerful invitation written oh so skillfully!
Laurie Glass 10/24/07
What a warm and inviting poem. Speaks to the heart and offers hope - my kind of poem. :)
Mariane Holbrook 10/25/07
Written by a pastor's wife with a heart of compassion for everyone who is seeking fellowship, love and a sense of belonging. This poem should be lasered on the hearts of all Christians everywhere in offering Christian friendship to a very needy world. Beautiful, Linda!
Beth LaBuff 10/27/07
Linda -- This is so "welcoming". Knowing you're a pastor's wife, I'd love to visit your fellowship.

When I got to this line, "Run now into the fellowship of those whoíve prayed you here!" I had to reread the stanza. We were "prayed" to our current fellowship of believers. After a move where we left family over a thousand miles away, the second week with our new Church family one couple told us they'd been praying for three years for someone to come help them.