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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Like A Child
By Ruth Neilson
10/29/07


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Jesus loves me, this I know...
This little light of mine...
The B-I-B-L-E, yes thatís the book for me...


The gentle milk of Sunday school
Tiny pieces of the meat mixed into stories.

Tiny Daniel stood up to HUGE Goliath...
No, Daniel was in the lionís den.
Na-uh! Uh-huh! Na-uh!


Stories mixed up! What a jumbled mess!
Does anyone know where this belongs?

Thereís too many Josephís in the Bible.
Is this Maryís husband?
No, itís the kid with the rainbow coat.


Children are laughing and growing
Can we introduce them to some real meat?

Who is your neighbor?
The person who lives next dooróDUH!
Fine, who did Jesus say your neighbor was?


Lessons carefully prepared. Do you have food?
Snacks? Oh no! The kids canít focus without food!

Who is my neighbor? Is it the person that I donít like?
Why would you say that? And donít use ĎGod, Jesus, or Bible.í
ĎCause the Sam-sam-Samaritan-guy helped a person they didnít like?


Slowly, the knowledge sinks in.
How to get them to apply it?

Why do we have to be here? I hate this color!
Weíre here to help the people here at the shelter.
But why? They havenít done anything for me...


Trying to mold young minds into the image of God,
But the resistance is strong. God help us all.

Itís quiet in the classroom. A teacher drones on.
Why are we here? Does any of this matter to me?
Why should I care who was what king when?


Useless words hang in the air. As forgotten songs
And applications are lost to us all.

...the Bible tells me so...
...let it shine...
...the B-I-B-L-E!



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Jan Ackerson 11/03/07
Oh dear, I really loved this until the end...Your structure was creative and excellent, and full of truths--but I wish you'd started with the negative and ended with the positive. I'm sure you wanted to leave us with that somber thought--it just left me sad.

You're a gifted poet, that's for sure.
Sara Harricharan 11/06/07
Wow.
That pretty much sums this all up.
I loved this piece! It was simple and direct, the clarity, the descriptions and the way you crafted this was just beautiful! ^_^ Excellent writing!
Beckie Stewart11/07/07
I struggled with this, but that does not mean the writing was not well done.