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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: He Remembered to Forget
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I wonder if the little babe
In Motherís arms recalls
The months he nestled near her heart
In warmly sheltered walls.

I know a rose canít recollect
Her petals once were curled,
Until the sun reached out to touch,
And beauty was unfurled.

Itís true a tiger cannot think
About those early days
Of romping with his litter mates
In kitten-playful ways.

An oak tree canít remember that
An acorn was his name,
Or dwell upon his younger years
When seedling he became.

While pondering abilities
Of living entities,
It came to mind: Almighty God
Created all of these.

But mankind, in Godís image made,
Was given memory,
So he could follow Godís commands
And live eternally.

Compassionately, Father God
Remembers man is frail,
And every promise that God made,
His Word will never fail.

And yet, with infinite recall,
Our Lord chose to forget
The sins we asked Him to forgive
Because He paid their debt.

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Shirley McClay 07/17/08
Very cool. I love the first four paragraphs especially.
Helen Dowd07/17/08
What a soft, soothing poem about MEMORY. But mankind, in Godís image made,
Was given memory,
So he could follow Godís commands
And live eternally.
... And this is the climax of the whole delightful poem. I am left with a lump in my throat, to read about what God Remembered to Forget, and about how we can remember! Love it! Thanks!...Helen
Mariane Holbrook 07/17/08
This is so beautiful! I LOVE the progression of the poem and how it ends with the "forgetfulness" of God who chooses not to remember our sins anymore. What a lovely reminder of His grace and mercy and you brought it all together with perfection.
Dee Yoder 07/17/08
That God, who created memory, chooses to FORGET our sins is such an awesome gift to mankind! What a remarkable way of looking at this topic. It does, indeed, bring tears to the eyes and a lump to the throat to think of such love and generosity. Wonderful images in words and message!
Joshua Janoski07/17/08
Your last paragraph really hit me. I am so glad that God has a forgetful memory when we choose to go before him and repent of our sins.

I really enjoyed your take on this week's topic. Thank you for sharing.
Joanne Sher 07/19/08
Beautiful images and an amazing message - just wonderful for the topic. I was blessed by this.
Debbie Roome 07/20/08
This is beautiful - and from such an unusual angle.
Karen Wilber07/20/08
This is brilliant. The progression to the final stanza, so well done. Simply delivers a beautiful message.
Beth LaBuff 07/20/08
I think this will be one of my favorites. I love so MANY things about this, rhyming words like "entities/all of these" and phrases like "kitten-playful ways" and "an oak tree can't remember that an acorn was his name," and then your last stanza is so powerful, "with infinite recall our Lord chose to forget." Beautiful work on this!
Joanney Uthe07/20/08
Simply beautiful! This is a very delightful poem that also delivers a powerful illustration of God's grace. Great job.
Melanie Kerr 07/21/08
Excelent poem. I loved the structure, the careful meter and choice of wrds. I loved too being reminded that God chooses to forget my sins confessed.
Ellen Dodson07/21/08
This is the second poem of yours that I've read (the first was published in the latest FW magazine). It is obvious to me that you let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts as you write. This is so eloquent, so beautiful. Thank you for the blessing.
Betty Castleberry07/22/08
Lovely. Excellent rhythm and rhyme, but more importantly, excellent message.
Loren T. Lowery07/22/08
Beautifuly imagery to relay a wonderful message.
Sara Harricharan 07/23/08
What a wonderful title! I love the double meaning to it and I liked the verse with the Tiger especially. My favorite! Nice job! ^_^
Yvonne Blake 07/23/08
The fact that God can FORGET our forgiven sins is amazing. Thank you for this beautiful poem.
Joshua Janoski07/23/08
A very elegant and beautiful poem. I loved the message. God remembers His children but forgets their sins. Thank you so much for sharing this.