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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Over-Arching Hope
By Holly Westefeld
03/06/08


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Over-Arching Hope

Such wicked ways upon the earth, mass mocking of the Lord of all,
To spurn His laws with reckless mirth must soon conclude with judgment's fall.
Thus Noah warned and John revealed, of flood and tribulation's tide,
Yet faithful would by God be sealed, kept safe from wrath, so justified.

But only Noah's kin took heed, enduring while the whole world jeered,
Denying doom and any need to board the ark as judgment neared.
Today there's rescue for men's souls; There need not be eternal loss,
Or judgment's seals, trumpets, bowls. This wooden refuge is the cross.

To follow Jesus, there is cost, so small compared with rich reward.
Without Him, though, much more is lost, eternity spent with the Lord.
To follow now would wisest be, before the rapture of His bride,
For tribulation faith will see such persecution magnified.

Though mankind swiftly spirals down toward judgment's maelstrom, day by day,
There still is hope to gain a crown of life which will not rust away.
Despite how much the pressures mount, though torrents drown or trials parch,
On Scripture's promises we count, the empty tomb, and rainbow's arch.




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Shirley McClay 03/07/08
"To follow Jesus, there is cost, so small compared with rich reward." Love this... it's a great reminder for me right now... great take on topic too.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/08/08
Such a wonderful ending to this excellent poem--the reminder that we count on Scripture's promises.
K. J. Cash03/10/08
Great title. First word to last, it all ties together!
Jan Ackerson 03/10/08
Beautiful from the first word to the last, and those last two lines have goose-bumped my arms! Splendid!
LauraLee Shaw03/11/08
Whoa, this is outstanding. That is an amazing and sophisticated rhyme meter, and it was flawless from what I could tell. Fabulous!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/11/08
Beautifully crafted! Well-chosen words that fit the style perfectly. The message is brilliant and hopeful.
Sara Harricharan 03/12/08
Very good! I get the title twist with the rainbow, right? lol. My only note is your second line was sort of awkward, like it was too long, though maybe it was just me, otherwise, really nice job! I liked it. ^_^
Debbie Wistrom03/12/08
This hit the spot. I would prefer the other name you considered. Keep up the good words.
Beth LaBuff 03/16/08
Holly -- You've chosen the perfect example from the Bible for this topic and written this poem so beautifully. I really like this,
"But only Noah's kin took heed, enduring while the whole world jeered,
Denying doom and any need to board the ark as judgment neared."

I also like your mention of the judgments (trumpets, bowls, etc). Your title is perfect!
Karen Wilber 03/18/08
I read the last two lines as part of Jan's "Master Class" on Assonance. Then I had to read the whole thing. Beautiful poetry. I like this - especially the last two lines.