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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)

TITLE: Oh That Men Would Praise the Lord for His Goodness
By Mona Purvis


Oh That Men Would Praise the Lord for His Goodness...Psalms 107:8

Dazzling is a simple sapling clothed with gleaming coat of ice, twinkling in the morning light... nice.
Be still and know that I Am God

Precious is a teetering toddler bundled head-to-toe, waddling steps in falling snow.
For of such is the kingdom of God

Pleasing is a family fire burning warm within the room, flickering flame dispelling gloom.
Faith...though it be tried with fire

Savory is a simmering soup... hearty ladles filling bowls, feeding chilled and hungry souls.
...And, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Gracious is a beloved book read aloud to listeners keen, spilling words of plot and scheme.
...Whatsoever things are lovely.

Cozy is a swaddling sweater tickling noses, keeping warm as drafts it closes.
...That they might touch but the border of His garment.

Wonderful is a winter's walk stimulating senses, creating mood for mending fences.
...Until seventy times seven.

Beautiful is a snowflake's scene covering sod, embracing grace from the heart of God.
For God so loved the world...

Majestic is a mountain's mantle frozen white, reaching for Heaven from its height.
...If ye shall say unto this mountain.

Priceless is a glittering gift wrapped in foil, presenting a treasure without toil.
...When he found one pearl of a great price, went and sold all that he had.


Cold, hard and harsh have left me barren and alone and forced my need to seek. For it is in winter I have come to know Him.

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Genia Gilbert08/20/09
Devotional, poem, and Bible study, all wrapped into one. I enjoyed this!
JoAnne Potter08/23/09
Liked this very much. The juxtaposition of physical observation with biblical imagery, poetic in what it left unsaid, is beautiful. Those who search out a matter...
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/24/09
I love this--for its grace, its beauty, and its inspiration.
Jan Ackerson 08/24/09
Oooh, I LOVE the format of this beautiful poem! It's as pleasing to look at as it is to read.
Colin Swann08/24/09
Wonderful verses merging into spirtitual truths - very inspirational. Thanks
Beth LaBuff 08/24/09
I like the alliteration with each poetic statement. Your message is brilliant and wonderfully written. Your ending is the capstone for this! LOVE IT!
Mariane Holbrook 08/24/09
This is brilliant! I love this! I think you'll be surprised how high it places on Thursday. Big time Kudos!
Ada Nett08/24/09
Very creative and yes...deeply worshipful....I will read this again.
Edmond Ng 08/24/09
Winter of cold and barren, a time of hard and harsh, is when we find fulfillment in the burning warmth of God in us, where gloom is dispelled and grace is embraced, a treasure within, priceless in the heart that is seeking. Thank you for sharing this heart warming and inspiring message.
Dee Yoder 08/25/09
This is absolutely lovely in format and in word. I loved reading this, and though it might be set during the cold seeking days of life, it has an underlying warmth that shows a spark of joy--even in winter. It is hope-filled.
Bryan Ridenour08/25/09
Beautifully poetic. Wonderful format. Nicel written. Well done!
Laury Hubrich 08/28/09
This is very well written and out-of-the-box. The only thing I would change is the title, I think - it's very long. Awesome writing!
Colin Nielsen08/29/09
I really liked this poem, unfortunately I cannot say much else as poetry is not normally my thing. I really liked the form with the snips of bible verses after.