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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Critique/Review (for writers) (05/06/10)

TITLE: Because of His Great Love
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I wonder what God thinks when He
Reviews my manuscript,
Where all the pages of my life
Are open for review.

When He examines chapters
Of my living composition,
No matter what my actions show,
Heíll understand my heart.

Writing notes within the margins
For my inconsistencies,
He will comment with corrections
For the parts I need to change.

I know Heíll notice paragraphs
That wander from the theme
Of loving others as He first loved me,
Then gently draw me back where I should be.

Iím fearful in my folio
Heíll find some bad omissions
And jot down what it is Iíve left undone,
With notices of places to rewrite.

Already He has blotted out
Of His great Judgment Book
My every sinful passage
Through the power of Jesusí blood.

I trust Him now implicitly,
Because of His great love,
To edit out the shameful words
For sin that I confess.

My lines are His by grace possessed;
My plots are His design.
Regardless of what others think,
Itís His critique I seek

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stanley Bednarz05/14/10
Amen. We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus. Lovely poem and nice place to start this level, as we seek to please our dear "Master" in heaven.
Barbara Lynn Culler05/16/10
AMEN and so true!
Beth LaBuff 05/16/10
I find your message profoundÖ I love your phrases and thoughts "When He examines chapters Of my living composition." and "I know He'll notice paragraphs That wander from the themeÖ" I enjoyed your creativity by gracing this poem with a writer's terminology, "manuscript, chapters, composition, paragraphs" etc. There is much to consider here!
Mona Purvis05/17/10
'My lines are His by grace possessed' is such a wonderful line. This entry is rich, deep and very special.

AnneRene' Capp05/17/10
This is rich with a personal and powerful depth that conveys what every writer AND reader should feel.
Jan Ackerson 05/17/10
I love extended metaphors like this--every stanza had me nodding in recognition of myself, both as a writer and as a Christian.
Carol Penhorwood 05/17/10
Captivating thoughts! You've done it once again!
Ann Grover05/17/10
Enjoyed the metaphor very much... and the reminder that we are HIS workmanship, and it's only our standing in HIM that matters.
Lyn Churchyard05/18/10
Enjoyed this very much and like Jan, found myself nodding in agreement and understanding. Well done, beautifully written.
Sara Harricharan 05/19/10
Beautiful! I love the last two lines of the second verse--that no matter what actions, He will understand my heart. I love this! Creative to have the life as the manuscript and beautifully crafted! ^_^
Rachel Phelps05/19/10
This was lovely and so touching. My hat is off!
Karen Macor05/19/10
Something for me to aspire to both in thought and writing ability. Thanks.
Carole Robishaw 05/19/10
Iím fearful in my folio
Heíll find some bad omissions
And jot down what it is Iíve left undone,
With notices of places to rewrite.

Wow! Verna, you really hit home with this entire poem but these lines really got me.
Marita Thelander 05/19/10
Nice angle of the critic/critique...but isn't grace an awesome thing. Pardoned and forgiven indeed. God uses white out!
Edmond Ng 05/20/10
Omissions and inconsistencies of paragraphs wandering from pages of our lives—all these God has blotted out through the power of Jesus' blood! Such powerful message of forgiveness and God's grace! You have put across the message all of us need to know as wanderers of this world very well! God bless!
Edy T Johnson 06/26/10
Martin Luther, I'm told, could see sermon analogies everywhere he looked. Comparing one's life to a manuscript is quite Scriptural, since our Creator, Redeemer and Comforter is AUTHOR and Finisher of our faith! Once again a deep-thinking and so clever poem for us to ponder.