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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)

TITLE: Lighten Up
By Charla Diehl
11/05/08


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Let your lights shine throughout this vast land
Sharing His love--Godís greatest command.

In dark, ugly places fear grows--you can smell it,
Prison cells ache for saints to dispel it.

In shivering shelters warm woolen covers
Could speak of His love to sisters and brothers.

Servants of God sweat in soup kitchens,
Flickering lights of the love that God mentions.

Street corners resound with ringing of bells.
Carolers bring joy as sweet voices swell.

Volunteers giving time to churches and clinics,
Shine their lights to lost souls and cynics.

Will you give strength to someone whoís weak,
Be bold and brave for someone whoís meek?

A smile, a touch may help reassure
Those clinging to hopes that they will endure.

Kindnesses shown in the smallest of ways
Can spread out His light in glorious rays.

Beacons of light--we are called to the task.
To shine in the darkness, to lift Evilís mask.

Speak of His grace, for all need to know it.
Faithfulness to God--does my life show it?

A beacon of light, please help me to be
A servant dear Lord for humanity.

And should my light falter and grow dim
In my stormy waves or my quicksand sin,

Send an angel, Lord, to keep me from sinking
And still my unrest with spiritual thinking.

Could I fill a basket with my gifted light
And present it with cheer to someone tonight?

A privilege, yes, thatís what it would be,
In service to You, illuminate me.


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Laury Hubrich 11/08/08
This poem flowed very well. Well-done but maybe a little light on the topic. Very good, though.
Mary Alice Bowles11/11/08
I really like this poem and it shows how we as the children of the most high God should let our lights shine at all times.
We should be this way all the year round, not only at Christmas. Thank you for writing this beautiful Poem.
Beth LaBuff 11/13/08
Your meter is excellent in this poem of beautiful thoughts. I LOVE this, "A privilege, yes, thatís what it would be,
In service to You, illuminate me." Very nicely done!