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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep
By Mariane Holbrook


She walked along a lonely road, no stranger to her pain.
It seemed that every step she took gave reason to complain.
The path was rough and strewn with tears; she found no refuge there.
She looked around for sympathy but no one seemed to care.

Then through the darkness of her soul, she felt she heard God’s voice.
“I want to change your life so you’ll have reason to rejoice.
The pain that you are feeling is as real as it can be.
But when you’re focused on yourself, then you’ve lost sight of Me.

“Come place your pain at Calvary’s cross and try to leave it there.
I know it won’t be easy; it might even seem unfair.
I have a brand new ministry I’d like for you to do.
You’ll be a great encouragement for those who need it, too.

‘A Jewish Christian lady was attacked and left for dead.
Though partially recovered, she spends all her time in bed.
Unable now to walk, she needs to feel like she belongs.
I’d like for you to be her friend and teach her worship songs.

“The woman at the grocery store has many sleepless nights.
Her husband left, she’s all alone but glad there’re no more fights.
She needs to be encouraged and from all her fears set free.
She is My child so please take time to minister for Me.

“And in your church a couple sits, alone and deep in thought.
He suffers from depression and his wife is so distraught.
Why not invite them over, spend the evening, share a meal?
He needs to have some fellowship; in time his nerves will heal.

“So, tell me, child, if this is something you would like to do:
Encourage all the precious ones I’ll introduce you to.
You’ll bring them hope, bathe them in prayer, my witness you will be
And you’ll be doing work to last for all eternity.”

She bowed her head and thanked the Lord for answering her prayer.
His words brought healing to her of which she was unaware.
For as she listened to His voice as He tried to explain,
She was so blessed by what God said that she forgot her pain.

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Karen Wilber11/16/07
Where do I start? I love the ending verse and how it answers the unspoken prayer in the first verse. I love the idea of walking alongside others who are in pain and lifting them up. I love the idea that "encouragers" have their own mission field all around them, even as close as the next pew. Lovely!
william price11/16/07
Very encouraging. Super anointed and inspiring. Great job. God bless.
Joanne Sher 11/17/07
I love how beautiful, and practical, this is. This got right to the heart of encouragement. Wonderful.
Sheri Gordon11/17/07
Very nice. A big encouragement to me. Lovely poem.
Pam Carlson-Hetland11/19/07
Wow...this is what it's all about! I'm not much of a poetry person, but this speaks volumes in the simplicity of how God lays out our ministry of encouragement. It reads so very well and flows beautifully. It brought tears to my eyes as I could picture each individual. Absolutely excellent!
Seema Bagai 11/19/07
I could picture each person described in each stanza of the poem. You captured a range of situations requiring encouragement.
Betty Castleberry11/19/07
Excellent rhyme and meter. Great message, too, and one to be remidned of. When we take the focus off of ourselves, our pain disappears.
Beth LaBuff 11/20/07
You've done a good job with the rhyme and meter. This flows smoothly. Your message is wonderful and your title perfect.
Dee Yoder 11/20/07
So, it's easy to talk about doing something for others, but much harder to actually DO it! But what blessings-to us and to the people we interact with, if we simply go ahead and try! Very inspiring poetry.
Phyllis Inniss11/21/07
This is an excellent poem to depict how God ministers to us when we minister to others. Our pain and sorrow just disappear.
Marilyn Schnepp 12/15/07
Love the title - and the rhyme and meter are as usual... perfection personified. Lovely poem that says it all.