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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: The Thin Thread of Trust
By Margaret Kearley


Hands tightly gripped the window sill,
Eyes straining sought to see
Some movement from the far off hill,
Some fresh activity.
And whilst the doubts within her roared,
She touched and held the scarlet cord.

Strong walls of mighty stalwart stance
Could not keep out the woe
Of the terrified inhabitants
Of quaking Jericho.
But where despair was spread abroad
She focussed on the scarlet cord.

The steady tread of marching feet,
The eerie trumpet blast,
The march that heralded defeat
Soon waiting would be past.
Depending now on God the Lord
She trusted in the scarlet cord.

And there, she gathered to her side
Loved ones for whom she cared.
Her family joined her as she cried
So they too might be spared.
Safe and secured, for she’d implored
They shelter ‘neath the scarlet cord.

Tumultuous, thunderous, crashing roar,
The walls came tumbling down.
The mighty city was no more,
No stone lay upon stone.
Just one escape from wrath outpoured:
T’was God’s provision – the scarlet cord.

And all who’d safely gathered there
Were taken by the hand
And guided faithfully to where
They’d rest in God’s own land.
They worshipped Him, their King, their Lord,
Who’d saved them by the scarlet cord.

Lord, when my doubts begin to rise
With overwhelming care
And listening to the tempter’s lies
I head towards despair.
Lord. Draw me back to Calvary
To where your blood was shed for me.

Once more, upon the cross to gaze
In full dependency.
Again my heart is filled with praise
To know You died for me.
The truth applied and understood:
Your precious, scarlet, crimson, blood.

Wonderful shelter, there to rest,
Eternally secure.
E’en though with a thin thread of trust
I learn to depend more.
To You be glory, all adored,
Saved by Your blood, our scarlet cord.

Joshua 2
Joshua 6
Revelation 1:6

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Jan Ackerson 10/08/09
Wow! Oh, wow! This is excellent, outstanding, marvelous! Love it, and I hope it does very well.
Sherrie Coronas10/09/09
I like the repeating of the phrase for emphasis and the "reveal" at the end of the poem. It was touching.
Allen Stark10/11/09
Great title, and you tied it in so well with the poem.
Janice Fitzpatrick10/15/09
This is truly a spirit led piece that filled me with chills as I read the beautiful prose. Just gorgeous! I love poetry and biblical truths shared from scipture in poetic ways, and this is magnificent. Praise God for His mercy and salvation and for connecting us through the blood of Jesus. Nothing, no one can severe that scarlet cord.
:0 Hallelujah.:0)
The Lord had given me something a while back that was about forgiveness and though the setting was different He spoke to me about the precious scarlet thread, thus came into writing,"A Spool of Scarlet Thread."
Praise the Lord for his mercy and for giving us His forgiveness and His salvation through the blood. Congratulations on your well deserved win! Tremendous.
Aaron Morrow10/15/09
Excllent work Margaret, congratulations!
Brenda Shipman 10/15/09
A well-deserved win!! Congratulations. Great imagery in this piece.
Helen Dowd10/15/09
Great work! I loved this Bible story, told in poetry. It is no easy job to tell a Bible story well in poetry...You handled the theme excellently....God's blessings....Helen
Helen Dowd10/15/09
Me again. I forgot to congratulate you on winning third. You deserved it!...Helen
Charla Diehl 10/21/09
Congratulations on your placements with this beautifully written piece.
Myrna Noyes10/21/09
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved EC for this wonderful poem! You and I wrote on the same basic topic but in different styles, and they both placed--next to each other even! :)