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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: Passing the Test of Time
By Genia Gilbert
07/04/09


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I’m watching you, dear precious friend,
As you move on, from year to year.
You have always shown me Jesus,
Reminding me that He is near.

When our paths first came together,
A kinship seemed unlikely, odd –
So young was I, untamed, undone –
And you so wise, and close to God.

Your eyes were bright with light and love,
Your steps so lively, quick, and strong.
You made me long for what you had,
Sparked my desire to come along.

You opened up to me God’s book,
And showed me gently how to live;
To love my family and friends,
With simple willingness to give.

I watched you facing strain and stress,
On days when no one understood.
And yet you faltered not at all,
Just telling me, “Our God is good.”

I saw you lose your lifelong mate,
beloved, precious, oh, so dear.
You walked with him through that dark vale,
Assuring him, “Our God is here.”

Your steps are somewhat slower now,
eyesight is growing dim with age;
You sense the twilight closing in,
Much like the curtain on a stage.

But through your shell of “outer man”
So plainly destined to decay,
I clearly see that “inner man”
In shining, glorious display.

I’m watching you, dear precious friend,
As I myself walk year by year;
I’ll try to pass along your glow,
And spread the word, “Our Lord is near.”

My I leave that touch of Jesus
You have so freely shared with me,
A life well-lived, joy and gladness,
A path so plain that all may see.


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Jim McWhinnie 07/09/09
Much love expressed in these words, much love.
Marijo Phelps07/13/09
Makes the reader want to meet him and you!
Shelley Ledfors 07/13/09
What beautiful thoughts! I've been blessed to have some very special people whose live I've watched in this way, too. Thanks for sharing this!
Karlene Jacobsen 07/13/09
Beautiful, beautiful poem. I love the tribute the younger pays the older--honor bestowed.
Genia Gilbert07/13/09
Thanks to you all. And, just to clarify, this is a godly older woman, 26 years my senior. I used the "inner and outer man" expression in the sense of II Cor. 4:16 KJV
This is from my heart, as a tribute of one not-so-young- now woman to another who is now past 92, and I'm still watching!
Laura Manley07/13/09
I have a friend very much like the one you refer to here in this beautiful poem. She is my best friend, my mentor, my confidante, all rolled up in one fine lady. This is a beautiful tribute to the love you and this lady of 92 years old share. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Laura
Mariane Holbrook07/14/09
This is beautiful. I have always admired those living in the Far East who honor and cherish the elderly. Now that I'm inching upward (make that RUSHING upward (grin) toward that time of my life, I can appreciate how it makes an older person feel to be treated so tenderly as you've depicted in this poem. Very well done! Want to be my granddaughter??? :-)
Patricia Herchenroether07/14/09
A wonderful poem and great tribute.