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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Church (12/06/07)

TITLE: What Matters Most
By Laurie Glass
12/08/07


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I walk into the worship place,
A visitor alone.
I watch them talk and fellowship.
No welcoming is shown.

I take a seat, itís time to start,
And yet they donít begin.
I sit here waiting patiently,
Uncomfítable within.

With empty seats, the music starts.
Folks slowly gather up.
By second song they settle down.
Beginningís kind of rough.

I look to screen to see the words
Of songs I do not know.
It seems things got disorganized,
As mixed up words they show.

The pastor takes the mic and says
Itís time for shaking hands.
I watch them interact again
As all alone I stand.

Itís time for the announcements next,
And also time to share.
But then unsure whose turn it is
To say the morning prayer.

More music Ė still disorganized.
And no one seems enthused.
Donít even see them smiling
Although Godís name they use.

Look forward to the sermon, though.
A message for the week.
And yet thereís nothing to take home -
Donít get the meat I seek.

The pastor says to greet someone
Theyíve never met before.
I stand and watch them chat again,
And then slip out the door.

They seem to be a close knit group.
Itís nice they get along.
And yet itís like they want to keep
Within their mini-throng.

Although it was so lonely there,
Iíll try it out again.
Iíve visited at others, too,
And this is how itís been.

Come home to worship in my house,
To focus on the Lord.
I then bask in His presence sweet.
My heart just longs for more.

He comforts me and fills my heart.
My loneliness gives way.
I open up my heart to Him,
Hear what He has to say.

I listen and He speaks through me
Through writing and online.
His Holy Spiritís voice comes through.
It happens all the time.

I find that I want more of Him
And give him more of me.
We work together to reach out,
In this, our ministry.

Itís such a privilege to serve
And speak of the Divine.
To share His love, His peace and grace
In heart and life of mine.

Regardless of the churches here,
Iím certain of one thing -
My God is close and uses me,
And this means evírything.


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Frances Seymour12/13/07
Great Poem that teaches us to fight discouragement by living life as if for 'an audience of One!" Merry Christmas!
Marilyn Schnepp 12/13/07
Poetry is great, message is great, and I took something home with me...that is what matters most. Kudos!
Joanne Sher 12/15/07
What a neat message, told in a delightful way. Stumbled in a couple places, but nothing major. Enjoyed this.
Dee Yoder 12/16/07
This lovely poem is a haunting comment on the way the church fails to even see the needs of the lonely, or to feel the lack of connection on Sunday morning. It's a good thing we have ways to connect with the Lord; He will always desire a relationship that is more than artificially surface.
Lynda Schultz 12/19/07
Well done. A sad commentary but you ended it with such hope and fortitude. Good writing.
Edy T Johnson 03/21/08
You have such a beautiful way with words to convey your message. I know what you mean; hopefully it doesn't happen too often, but I've attended unfamiliar churches and decided I must be invisible! (Those congregations don't realize what they're missing, do they! :)

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment on my "Good News Alphabet." When I first thought of the idea, I did have a verse for each letter, except Q, X, and Z. But, in my youth I was lazy and didn't always learn the reference. So, for the article, I did have to "look up" quite a bit for accuracy, plus a search for those hard letters (^&^).
Beth Muehlhausen04/03/08
WOW - Lots of emotion here. You take your reader right into your heart - what a journey! The sad commentary on "church" is so very hard. I have to wonder how many times this kind of thing plays out in reality (sigh) but you've made it oh-so-personal here. Your private worship and praise is inspiring!
Vickie Reece03/17/09
Clap! clap! wonderful,written well, a move of God and it shows he is in you.
Carol Penhorwood 11/23/09
Unfortunately, this is too often true in the church. It's really sad, but we need that communal worship as well as the personal in our lives! Powerfully done!