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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: Infinite Sphere
By Nancy Gustafson
06/03/09


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INFINITE SPHERE

Remember, Lord, when babies
nestled on my lap, toddlers
tumbled through the house
and laughter was a chiming clock
pealing the wine of benediction?

I trusted You to provision our pantry,
shape our daughters to sculptured pillars,
our sons to tall towers in their prime

Your arms hold the earth, sustaining
Your eye on the sparrow, omniscient
Your angels around us, protecting

When losses began the clock stopped,
grace in disarray: cancer,
failed friendships, lost baby
twisted heart stock-still

Are Yours the hands that stretch
to snatch us from our foes?
If so, where are You
when death seeps through the door?

In the midnight hour, breathless,
I cast my cares on You
who maps the mysteries.
The clock chimes, You whisper:

Pour out this chalice of unripened faith,
embrace the mortal patchwork
Only the cup of infinite sphere,
sweet and bitter interlaced,
will quench a thirsty soul.

You wear Your crown, bleeding
You carry Your cross, stumbling
You conquer death, triumphant


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Beth LaBuff 06/08/09
You have so many thoughts in this, running the gamut that life (and God) allows for us. While you listed the heartbreaking things, like cancer and lost baby, I LOVE this stanza, "In the midnight hour, breathless, -- I cast my cares on You -- who maps the mysteries. -- The clock chimes, You whisper". Your ending is filled with "hope" because of what He did. Nice work!