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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Blessed By Pain
By Carol Penhorwood
01/10/10


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I've had a revelation
Though it's painful to confess,
And it's many years in coming
But by pain I have been blessed.

Though I simply can't avoid it
And I often just complain,
Still the pain became my master
And a daily constant drain.

When I want to shed this body,
When the pain becomes too strong,
It is then I turn to Jesus,
And for Him I simply long.

It is then with Him I linger
And my arms reach to embrace,
And it's then my prayers for others
Oft find tears track down my face.

And the pain makes me dependent,
Yes, I'm helpless, I confess,
But with Jesus in the painful
I have found I'm truly blessed.

Through this pain has come my writing,
A source of pure delight,
A way to thus encourage
Giving others hope to fight.

Fighting fears and battling worries,
Waging war with grief and pain,
Words that lead them all to Jesus,
Reminding all it's not in vain.

So the pain has been a blessing
Though I often do not see
That when I asked God to bless me
It was pain He gave to me.


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Jackie Wilson01/14/10
Thanks for that message. Good strong rhythm, too.
Karlene Jacobsen 01/17/10
Amazingly beautiful!

If it weren't for the trials of our life, would we turn to Jesus? I'm certain I would be puffed up in pride because of all I would achieve without His aide.

Bravo! I love your heart in this.
Lollie Hofer 01/18/10
Obviously, this is something you shared from your heart and your experience. I enjoyed the flow of the poetic words and the cadence. The encouraging message will speak to others going through the same pain you face.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/18/10
Really excellent poetry with a wonderful message
Carol Slider 01/20/10
Thank you for sharing your own experience so beautifully and meaningfully!
Lisa Johnson 01/21/10
A very thought-provoking poem, indeed. Nice job.
Edy T Johnson 01/21/10
Another beauty for your bookmarks, Carol.
Patricia Turner01/23/10
Carol, thanks for your very nice comment on my story. Yours definitely deserved to be placed as well. What a beautiful and inspiring piece.
George Parler 01/26/10
Nice rhythm and flow in this piece. Good job.
Rikki Akeo02/13/10
Beautifully written!
Great message!
Loren T. Lowery02/19/10
You have certainly touched a chord of truth with what you've penned here. I so truly believe as Maya Angelou has said "I know why the caged bird sings". This stanza from your beautiful poem sums my thoughts up perfectly
"Through this pain has come my writing,
A source of pure delight,
A way to thus encourage
Giving others hope to fight.

Loved your work and its message!