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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: Bridging The Gap With A Cross
By Mariane Holbrook


When You were just a little boy and saving scraps of wood
To make a slingshot, toy or boat like Joseph said You could,
Were You aware of what a role that wood was bound to play
In bringing to fruition all God's plans for You some day?

Your father, as a carpenter, taught You to love the look
Of wood’s polished patina and the shape each project took.
As You grew into manhood, all the furniture You made
Earned you the reputation of a man skilled in His trade.

I wonder, Lord, what thoughts You had when You were first abused
And Your disciples stood there, weak and hopelessly confused.
The Romans made You carry that cruel cross of jagged wood;
The wood they used for evil that they could have used for good.

While hanging on that rugged cross, blood pouring from your face,
Your body overwhelmed with ignominy and disgrace ,
While evil men hastened Your death, mocked You while having fun,
You felt that even God had turned His back on His dear Son.

And when You finally bowed Your head, exhaled Your final breath,
The world stood trembling in remorse for they had caused Your death.
The chasm was so wide and deep ‘tween God and sinful men,
There seemed no way on earth to ever bridge that gap again.

But You, when risen from the dead, approached Your Father’s throne.
“I gave my life for all the sins mankind has ever known.
I’d like to take that wooden cross that stood on Calvary
And place it as a bridge between all sinful men and Thee.”

Your Father smiled at You, His son, and tenderly He said,
“The sacrifice You made for men when they pronounced You dead
Has satisfied the need for justice and this bridge of wood
Will serve as a reminder that You gave all that You could.”

The wooden cross to which was nailed the Son of God and man
Symbolically became a bridge; ‘twas part of God’s great plan.
And all who seek forgiveness and who want to be set free
Must walk across that timeless bridge, the cross of Calvary.

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Lynda Schultz 08/07/08
What a beautiful reminder of Christ, the greatest and best of Bridge-builders. Nicely done.
Helen Dowd08/07/08
Wonderful! Wonderful message; wonderful poem; wonderful BRIDGE. How very great is the bridge that spanned the gap between sinful man and God. I love your poem. May God richly bless you....Helen
Charla Diehl 08/07/08
I loved this--it flowed beautifully and the message is timeless.
Joanne Sher 08/08/08
Oh, just beautiful and poignant and masterfully crafted. Wonderful message, exceptionally presented. This blessed me.
Sherry Wendling08/08/08
Totally anointed!! Your beautiful imagery, masterful rhyme and rhythm, and irresistibly warm tone have woven a breathtaking version of the Greatest Story Ever Told. This poem deserves a really gripping title, I think. I cherish the Father's tender interaction with His Son, and also your final image of seekers walking "across that timeless bridge, the cross of Calvary." An absolute treasure!
william price08/11/08
Way, way good. I read it, then sung it. SUper job and great ministry. God bless.
Joy Faire Stewart08/11/08
This poem is amazing and beautiful in every way. Wonderful writing and I especially love the last stanza, bringing it all together. Fantastic!
Joanney Uthe08/11/08
Beautiful poem. I like how you started with the wood Christ used as a child and comparing it to the wood that would be used to bridge the gap. Definately Masterful writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/11/08
You've left nothing out in your beautiful poem of salvation. Your outstanding gift of poetry is revealed through this awesome message.
Shirley McClay 08/11/08
I can totally see this being a song. Beautiful.
Joshua Janoski08/12/08
"When You were just a little boy and saving scraps of wood
To make a slingshot, toy or boat like Joseph said You could,
Were You aware of what a role that wood was bound to play
In bringing to fruition all God's plans for You some day?"

I love this first stanza! I never thought abotu Jesus working with wood as a carpenter's son and then later that wood also playing a part in His sacrifice.

Beautiful poem. Praise God for bridging the gap that sin created in our lives!
Betty Castleberry08/13/08
The greatest story ever told, and retold, has never been told better than this. What a lovely poem, dear friend. Two thumbs up.
Pat Guy 08/13/08
A beautifully crafted poem that flows with the beauty of the story. You mske this look so easy Mariane - wow!
Deborah Engle 08/13/08
Inspiring,as always. Fantastic writing.
Beckie Stewart08/13/08
Poetry always amazes me and you did a fantastic job on this one.
Lyn Churchyard08/13/08
Marianne, you've done it again with the beauty of your poetry. Tears flowed as I read this. You are a master storyteller in verse. Beautiful, truly beautiful.
LauraLee Shaw08/14/08
You are so amazing. This is very much the piece I wanted to write but couldn't. Well done.
Dee Yoder 08/14/08
Beautiful sentiments expressed here, Marianne. Lovely!
Karlene Jacobsen10/02/08
Beautifully written.
Linda Watson Owen01/02/09
Mariane, dear friend, you are such a master poet. As a poet myself, I started out reading with the craft in mind, but quickly became totally involved in the sublime message, just as you intended. You wove your wand of art and heart and created a poem that will glorify our dear Savior forever. Perfect in every way! What a delight and inspiration your writing always is! Thank you for this blessing!