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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: Body of Death
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08/21/05


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Body of Death

I was born with it, this body of death;
Though I long to get rid of it, it remains,
with its needs, its demands, its desires;
A suitcase packed for this journey of life,
ever reminding me of my frailties.

Like Jacob's limp, this body of death says,
'you wrestled with God and prevailed,'
but lest I get too prideful, it also says
'I want, I need, I ache, I grieve, I am
Adam's son as well as God's!'

Cursed body of death!
Will someone kindly cut me free?
What LORD?
Ah yes!
Blessed promise! Hallelujsh!
Resurrection! Blessed Hope of all believers!
The Spirit's presence makes this burden light.

So I pick up this body of death,
this unwanted baggage,
and I soldier on, knowing sweet freedom
is but a trumpet blast away.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
Free me from this body of death,
this unwanted luggage of Adam.


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Tammy Johnson08/25/05
I'm surprised no one has commented on this! Great job comparing luggage to our bodies of death and the freedom of Christ and his Holy Spirit. I, too, have thought the same thing - can't wait to be rescued from this body of death someday!
Phyllis Inniss 08/25/05
Adam's curse passed on to us needn't make us afraid. Your poem, a splendid one, shows us we have the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us.
Suzanne R08/28/05
Amen!

Beautifully expressed.
darlene hight08/28/05
Wonderful take on the topic and beautifully expressed.
Shelley Snyder08/28/05
I enjoyed reading this. Good job!