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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)

TITLE: Is It Time Yet?
By Yvonne Blake


“In the beginning…”
God promised a Savior,
To redeem this sinful world,
From its wicked behavior.

“All nations shall be blessed…”
Through the seed of Abraham,
The Messiah will someday come,
It was God’s perfect plan.

Almighty God, “I AM”
Did set His people free,
His angel of Death passed over,
He separated the sea.

“Be strong, and of good courage!”
The cry rang out that day.
“This is the land God promised you;
Trust in His strength; obey.”

“Thy throne shall be forever,”
To King David, it was said.
An everlasting kingdom,
In peaceful pastures led.

“Bethelehem, Ephratah,
Out of thee shall come…”
This simple little village
Would bring the Promised One.

“And the days were accomplished…”
The time was drawing near,
Son of Man and Son of God
Heavenly hosts prepared to cheer.

“Unto you is born this day..”
The choir of angels sang,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
The rafters of heaven rang.

“A light to lighten the Gentiles,
A glory to Israel.”
The spotless Lamb of God,
His wondrous plan revealed.

“Today thou shalt be in Paradise,”
“It is finished!” he cried.
They knew not what they did,
The Messiah was crucified.

“That hour knoweth no man”
When the trumpet will sound.
A triumphant call to His own,
In whose heart, He is found.

“The Alpha and Omega,
The beginning and the end.”
Our King, our Lord, our Savior,
To Thee our knees we bend.

Genesis 1:1, Genesis 26:4, Exodus 3:14, Joshua 1:6, Psalm, Micah 5:2, Luke 2:6, Luke 2:11, Luke 2:32,
Mark 13:32, Luke 23:43, John 19:30, Rev. 1:8

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Leah Nichols 11/01/08
A nice summary of the Biblical "countdown".
Dee Yoder 11/01/08
I have always loved that name of God: the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End! Love this reminder of the true meaning of Advent.
Melanie Kerr 11/01/08
I loved the way that you wove scripture verses throughout the poem. There were one or two places where you lost the rhythmn, but you kept faithful to the message.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/02/08
Beautiful. Sometimes we get hung-up counting down until the Lord returns, forgetting how long the world counted down His arrival. Thanks.
Joanne Sher 11/02/08
Great title for this piece. Enjoyed this "walk through the Bible."
Karlene Jacobsen11/02/08
A heavenly countdown. Nicely done. I enjoyed reading this.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/02/08
You've presented beautifully the story and the glory of our hope. May we find joy in counting down till His arrival!
Sharon Kane11/03/08
A clever and concise way to encapsulate a very long countdown! What made this extra special was the way the counting went forwards to the second advent, reminding us that neither Christmas, nor even Easter, was the end.
Marijo Phelps11/05/08
HISstory told in a fresh, new way. Good poem!
LauraLee Shaw11/06/08
Worshipful, anointed poem. I'll be printing it out for Christmastime reading. Well done! ;)
Helen Dowd11/09/08
Good title. Children are always counting down to Christmas, but you have put a new message in counting down to Christmas...Thanks for sharing...Christmas is a hard time of year for me, so I haven't entered the Christmas topic challenges. We have had too many sadnesses and permanent good-byes during the Christmas seasons. We love the season, but not the worldly association with Christmas...
I haven't been to the computer much lately. I haven't been feeling up to it. I am still not very well, but should be in a day or so...Just the flu...Helen