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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: Seek, Find, and Give...for Jesus
By Martha Currington
11/17/08


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Iím so tired, Father
But still, I just want to live
I have enjoyed raking leaves
At home and at my youngest sisterís house

Finding and collecting pecans
As I raked... was a blessing.
Thatís why I said ďThank you LordĒ
Every time I picked one up

I felt joy in my heart as I said it
Each time, many times
It was almost like I was having
A brush arbor church service

Your word says
That you provide for your own
And I stand on that promise
As I pick up each pecan, one by one

For I know itís true
Even in this particular event
You have granted me strength
I was too sick before the leaves fell

I love you, Jesus

I have cracked most of the pecans
These will provide me with
An ingredient that I need
To make loaves of Amish friendship bread

That I give as Christmas gifts
Itís my specialty, banana nut or cinnamon
Many people expect it from me
As they should, Iíve baked it for years

I have raked leaves about six times
Every time... I find pecans
I have a big bowl full now
I told you God that this would be used

To celebrate Jesusís birthday
By giving to others
So I say ďThank you LordĒ
Again and again

For giving me the strength
to seek and find.
What I needed so I can give gifts
For Jesusís Birthday

I thank you God
For providing what I need
But you challenge me to
Do my part, you provide the seed

I have to follow through
To let others see
That you are taking care of me
And I will have Christmas gifts blessed from thee


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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/22/08
To celebrate Jesus' birthday by giving gifts to others fits the reason for the season perfectly. I like how you progressed from collecting to preparing--all the while, reminding Jesus you love Him.
Joanne Sher 11/22/08
Lovely images--I enjoyed the beautiful pictures you painted in my head with these stanzas.