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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: The One Who Blesses
By Carol Sprock
05/13/09


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The Lord blesses those who have no one, nothing
the destitute in spirit and body
tormented with constant thorns of weakness
You, oh Lord, choose not to remove
You say, “My grace is sufficient” and enable
the strength of Christ dying

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who had someone, something
beloved, vital, and dear ripped from their embrace
an echoing emptiness filled with mourning, keening
You, oh Lord, choose to take away
You say, “Come to me” and enfold with
the comfort of Christ weeping

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who live without expectation
audaciously confident of sufficiency
in times of plenty and of want.
You, oh Lord, choose to bestow, to withhold
You say, “Rejoice in me always” and provide
the fullness of Christ reigning

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who hunger for the bread of life
thirsting for the blood of renewal
meditating on the law day and night
You, oh Lord, choose to inspire
You say, “Eat, drink, and remember” and feed
The Word-Made-Flesh of Christ broken

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who tend the broken
gentle, compassionate, forgiving
servants of heart, soul, and body
You, oh Lord, choose to honor
You say, “The last shall be first” and infuse
the mercy of Christ born

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who pursue God-signs
ever expectant of illumination
adventurously chaste in life
You, oh Lord, choose to reveal
You say, “I am your God” and grant
the vision of Christ transfigured

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who create peace
releasing their need to control
passionately cooperating in love
You, oh Lord, choose to adopt
You say, “My son, my daughter” and endow
the inheritance of Christ everlasting

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who are wronged for standing firm
mocked about moral choices
mistreated for accomplishing blameless works
You, oh Lord, choose to save
You say, “I call you friend” and release
the glory of Christ persecuted

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord blesses those who bear the unfounded insults
character maligned for intolerance
body brutalized for speaking Truth
You, oh Lord, choose to exalt
You say, “Your treasure is in heaven” and recognize
the faith of Christ priceless

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord of miracles and promises
all that the world calls good
Blessed be the Lord of the unbearable and horrifying
all that the world calls bad
Blessed be the Lord who gives and who takes away

Blessed be the name of the Lord


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Beth LaBuff 05/16/09
Perfect illustration of "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away." I loved your repeated phrase "Blessed be the name of the Lord." Your use of contrasts in the different stanzas is very effective. ("nothing", "something", "all that the world calls good," "all that the world calls bad." Nice work!
Marilyn Schnepp 05/17/09
Your entry poignantly reminds me of the Beatitudes (Jesus Sermon on the Mount), and also of some of David's Psalms. Beautifully written with great depth. Every person can find themselves included in at least one or more of these many Blessings. Bless you for sharing this Lovely devotional with your co-writers and friends.