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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: And God Smiled
By Verna Cole Mitchell


When first we met, we did not know
How different we were.
We only knew we were in love;
On that we did concur.
And God smiled.

While he liked best the winter days,
I couldn’t wait for spring,
When flowers stretched to reach the sun,
And birds began to sing.
And God smiled.

We married on a summer night
With heat somewhat oppressive.
I really didn’t mind it, but
He found it quite depressive.
And God smiled.

Although I served his dinners warm,
He sometimes coolly spurned them.
While learning how to be a cook,
Quite often I had burned them.
And God smiled.

Then children came to bless our home
And add a new dimension.
We didn’t note the temperature;
They took all our attention.
And God smiled.

Then with the children grown and gone,
We played a little game.
The thermostat that he’d turn down,
I’d turn back up again.
And God smiled.

Down through the seasons hot and cold,
We worshiped God together.
We’d thank Him for our happy home,
Regardless of the weather.
And God smiled.

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Lynda Schultz 04/16/09
Very nice. I was looking for the stanza on hot flashes! lol
Dolores Stohler04/17/09
I like this very much -- great rhyme, good thoughts. Blessings on you.
Karen Wilber04/19/09
This was so sweet it made me smile. Thank you for this lovely poem.
Jan Ackerson 04/19/09
Lovely! I wondered if someone would write about "themometer wars"--and you did it very charmingly.
Kristen Hester04/19/09
SO charming! I love this and the picture it paints of a marriage. Good job.
Carol Slider 04/19/09
What a lovely picture of a happy marriage! It definitely made me smile, too!
Jim McWhinnie 04/19/09
Simply charming and lovely, romance so tenderly stated.
Catrina Bradley 04/19/09
Each time I read "And God smiled", I pictured Him smiling over the situation just put forth...and then I smiled. :D One stanza made me gasp in recognition, but then I realized "..God smiled." Very encouraging.
Myrna Noyes04/20/09
I smiled, too, as I read this authentic picture of a loving, well-worn marriage! :) Nice job!
Sharlyn Guthrie04/20/09
"And God smiled." I love your accurate (I believe) picture of a God with a sense of humor and a tender heart. Precious!
Dena Wilson04/20/09
I am not great at poems, but I enjoyed this one. Easy to understand, and it brings pictures to your mind. Definitely a way a marriage should be full of God’s approval
Joshua Janoski04/21/09
My fiance and I are starting to see differences between the two of us and how our differences nicely compliment each other. God does tend to like to put opposites together, and this delightful poem explains that very well. :)
Carole Robishaw 04/21/09
This was good, a perfect blending of family members and the changing of life's seasons.
Connie Dixon04/21/09
Nice job on this entry, it flowed so well. The picture of God smiling is a real encouragement. I think He's smiling now!
Diana Dart 04/22/09
So sweet and romantic and lovely and true, true, true! I loved the lines about not noticing the temp when the kids were around!! Made me giggle. Really enjoyed this one Verna, you do have a poetic gift.
Laury Hubrich 04/22/09
Very nice accounting of a married life from beginning to end. Nice job as always:)
Beckie Stewart04/22/09
I so wish I could write poetry. This is so good. So simple and true!
Sharon Kane04/22/09
Very very sweet! I recently heard a preacher say God deliberately puts opposites together and then stands back and smiles at the fun they have trying to work it out. Then he said in a more serious voice, "the greater the difference the greater the personal growth." You captured the fun side and the serious side of God the matchmaker in this delightful poem.