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

TITLE: TEMPERATURE CONTROL
By Linda Payne
04/12/09


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I am Resentment
a wild fire burning out-of-control,
consuming, destroying.
Jesus make me Love,
burning with holy passion,
on fire to serve God and others.

I am Misery,
a scorching, arid desert
that saps strength, and
sears the soul.
Jesus make me Hope,
a sun-kissed garden
laden with life and
the warm promise of beauty.

I am Fear,
stifling, suffocating heat
where every breath is agony,
every movement is torture.
Jesus make me Faith,
a candle softly glowing,
a flame to light the way.

I am Cruelty,
an erupting volcano
spewing forth molten lava,
igniting into revenge and malice.
Jesus make me Kindness,
a crackling fire, a cozy blanket,
a warm cup of cocoa,
comfort for the cold and weary.

I am Bitterness,
an arctic blast,
bone-chilling, mind-numbing,
heart-hardening.
Jesus make me Forgiveness,
a cool breeze on a hot day,
invigorating and cleansing.

I am Hostility,
icy waves of fury
crashing, engulfing, overwhelming.
Jesus make me Peace,
a gently flowing stream of
cool, clear serenity.

I am Despair,
a frozen glacier
slowly, ponderously
grinding everything in its path.
Jesus make me Joy,
a tangy, frozen popsicle,
sweet and delightful,
brings a smile on a hot day.

I am Out-of-control,
too hot, too cold,
a raging inferno,
an icy wasteland.
Jesus set my thermostat;
bring into balance
my warring nature;
bring my temperature
under your control.


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Lynda Schultz 04/16/09
Oh, I love this. Wonderful messages wrapped well.
Tallylah Monroe04/16/09
Awesome!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/17/09
This is a beautiful prayer.
Sheri Gordon04/23/09
Congratulations on your EC. This is so beautiful. Wonderful job with the topic.
Loren T. Lowery04/23/09
There are days I feel exactly like this and you've expressed it very well and helped by adding the only real remedy. Congratulations on your EC placement - Loren
Carol Slider 04/23/09
This is such a beautiful description of how God's power can sanctify different temperaments. Congratulations!
Myrna Noyes04/23/09
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR EC!! :D This is a powerful piece contrasting positive and negative "Hot and Cold." Very, very well-written with an awesome message!
Sonya Leigh04/23/09
Your poetry is fantastic--and this piece is exquisite. Congratulations on a well deserved placement!
Eliza Evans 04/23/09
Heartbreaking and beautiful, Linda.
Blessings on you, Girl!
Thank you for blessing me with your wonderful writing.
Connie Dixon04/24/09
Absolutely loved this. Great contrast, wonderful message. Congratulations!
Judy Meyers04/25/09
What a wonderful display of words and emotions.