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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)

TITLE: So Tell Me Dad
By Verna Cole Mitchell


“So tell me, Dad,” said the little lad
As he sat on his young father's knee,
“The preacher said we would get gifts from God.
Do you know what He’s giving to me?”

“Well, Denny Boy, I do not know yet
What the Father is planning to give.
It won’t be a toy, though, all wrapped up,
But a way that He wants you to live.

“The same great God who had known ahead
Of the folks who would follow His lead
Has chosen a talent to fit everyone
That is just what each person will need.

“He then sent His Spirit to carry to them
The enablement so that they could do
The duties that He’d set before them
And the power to carry them through.

“The dear Lord might give you a calling to preach,
To a people where you will be sent,
Or maybe He’ll keep you with us here at home
To be blessed as an encouragement.

“It could be you're gifted to lead or to teach,
Or you may have some funds you should share.
You might be the one who could see prophecy
Or show mercy or have faith in prayer.

“I do know the gift God will give you
Is the very one that you would choose.
You’ll be a fine man in the kingdom of God,
And your talents our Savior will use.”

“Well, thank you, Dad, for the stuff you said,
Though it’s more than I wanted to know.
So can we go fishing on some day soon
Like you’ve promised me that we would go?”

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Laury Hubrich 11/29/07
This is a nice converstation between a father and son set to poetry.
Jan Ackerson 11/29/07
A very good primer on spiritual gifts!

I wonder if the 4th verse might be a bit advanced for the audience?

The last stanza is just the right touch.

LauraLee Shaw11/29/07
Great writing. Well done!
Dee Yoder 11/29/07
This is precious. The last stanza is just what a boy would say! We always give them more info than they're asking for; his little request to go fishing is a sweet ending.
Barbara Ann Smith12/02/07
A nice poem with a nice story and a nice ending. Enjoyable!
Betty Castleberry12/03/07
I just love this darling poem. Love the meter, love the rhnyme, love the message, and especially the end.
william price12/03/07
A great package top to bottom. Super work. God bless.
Shelley Ledfors 12/03/07
Lovely! I really like the ending. Well done!
Joy Faire Stewart12/03/07
I love the answers the father gave his son. It is very enjoyable and wonderful message.
Temple Miller12/04/07
Poignant with a lovely lyrical flow. Loved it.
Joanne Sher 12/04/07
Sweet and lovely - that last stanza is JUST right. Enjoyed this tremendously.
Sheri Gordon12/04/07
I love the opening stanza -- it sets the tone perfectly for the whole piece. Nice writing, and good job with the topic.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge12/04/07
You've captured a father's heart, trusting God for his son's future... and the innocence of a boy!
Sara Harricharan 12/05/07
I can see little Denny sitting on his Dad's knee and listening to all of this. So sweet! Great job!
Mariane Holbrook 12/05/07
I love this! I love the rhyme and rhythm. The whole piece is adorable. Why didn't I think of this???? Hmmmm?
LaNaye Perkins12/05/07
I love this father and son conversation set to poetry. This is wonderful!
Peter Stone12/08/07
Very cute way of presenting the gifts of service. Loved the ending - very realistic for a young lad.