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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: The Quench Quest
By Marlene Bonney
07/21/10


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‘Twas a bitter pill to swallow:
To reap what I had sown;
I had tasted water shallow
And set my future’s tone.

My innocence I gave away,
(The choice was mine, I knew);
I let myself be led astray
And walked Sin Avenue.

Abandoning my parents’ God,
(Forbidden fruit so sweet);
Wrong pleasures my divining rod,
I sold myself too cheap.

A war raged on within my soul,
My heart was up for sale:
Would good or evil take control?
Which one would tip the scales?



“MY DAUGHTER, DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
TASTE THE LIVING WATER;
THE LOVE YOU SEEK YOU CAN RECEIVE
FROM THE MASTER POTTER.”

“don’t listen to His lies,” he said,
“he’s jealous, don’t you see?
eat, drink and be merry, instead!
walk down your path with ME!”



Glitz and glamour tasted so sweet;
Naughty overcame nice.
Straight and narrow could not compete
With drinks from streams of vice.

So, I told myself many times,
(Caring for ought but self)
Living had no reason or rhyme;
Dissatisfied I felt.

Wasted years yawning behind me
Promised more of the same.
Buried beneath the spent debris,
I wallowed in my shame.

“Isn’t there more to life than this?”
I wondered more and more.
“Is it possible God exists,
And He’s worth living for?”



“MY CHILD, I’VE BEEN HERE ALL ALONG,
WAITING FOR YOU TO SEE:
THIS STREET IS NOT WHERE YOU BELONG,
FOR YOU BELONG WITH ME!”

“do not give Him the time of day:
you know it can’t be true.
do you think He would really pay
to save the likes of YOU?”



I found a Bible in a drawer,
Long buried and unread.
My jaded palate cried for more
Than superficial bread.

Old Scriptures from my childhood days
Became my new cuisine.
A verse my friends would call blasé:
I read John three sixteen!

“{For God so loved the world}, it vows
Does that mean even me?
{That He gave His only Son}, Now
How could that really be?”

“{That whoever believes in Him}
I KNOW now that He’s real,
{Will not die, but live forever}
Forgive me, and I’ll heal.”



“WELCOME TO THE FOLD, LITTLE ONE,
MY ARMS ARE OPEN WIDE.
ON THIS JOURNEY YOU HAVE BEGUN
I WILL BE BY YOUR SIDE.”

“i’m not worried, for you’ll be back
much sooner than you think;
i know your heart for it was black—
black as mine—underneath.”



I’ve tasted now this bread of life—
your food has no allure—
For God’s Son has freed me from strife,
His love has made me secure.

He will be with me if I fall
To help me up again.
My ears are trained to hear His call
This has my solemn Amen.

His breath of life gave new meaning,
His love surrounds me now.
Before long I will be gleaning
More life, as He allows.

Taste and see, with God you can dwell,
His words are true and sure.
Drink living water from His well
And you He will make pure.





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Scripture verse from The Bible, John 3:16.


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Margaret Kearley 07/24/10
A wonderful poem of testimony and the glorious Gospel. Several really great lines but I like the verse -
I found a Bible in a drawer,
Long buried and unread.
My jaded palate cried for more
Than superficial bread.
What a wonderful description and experience of so many. Good work.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
Wonderful salvation message with a beautiful challenge as the last stanza.
Charla Diehl 07/27/10
Your story poem sums up God's redemptive love in a beautiful and creative way.