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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: We Look But Don't See
By Carol Penhorwood


We look but we don't see
The hunger all around,
The eyes that speak of hidden pain,
The need in which they drown.

The lost who don't know where to go
To find someone who cares,
They only know the loneliness
And lie in their despair.

We look but we don't see
The timid and the scared,
Who long to put all fears to rest
The enemy has bared.

The hungry and the homeless
Who need a helping hand,
Their hopes and dreams lie shattered,
Life's not what they had planned.

The children...those rejected
'Cause Dad has walked away,
Left wondering what they did wrong,
For love they plead and pray.

The elderly among us,
Their usefulness behind,
We look but we just fail to see
The wisdom of their minds.

To have the eyes of Jesus
Who sees the needs and acts,
Who sees beyond the obvious,
Supply what others lack.

To have a heart that truly cares,
The means to then respond,
Some futures may depend on us,
We dare not simply “yawn”.

Christ's given us a mission
To follow in His steps,
Impart the means and courage, Lord,
This mission to accept.

“The Spirit of the Lord (is) upon Me, because He has anointed Me (the Anointed One, the Messiah) to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captive, and recovery of sight to the blind; to send forth delivered those who are oppressed—who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity; to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord—the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.” Luke 4:18-19 (Amplified Bible)

“If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care--then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:1-4 (The Message)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/29/10
This is a beautiful poem and so true both in the sad part and the part to see like Jesus. Very well done.
AnneRene' Capp08/03/10
Well done my good and faithful friend! You've brought to light the focus of our charge in Christ. To be servants to those in need, and once again in "Carol Fashion", you've touched the eyes of our hearts.
Virgil Youngblood 08/03/10
When did we see thee? and Jesus replied, ... you did not do it unto me. Thanks for reminding me not to miss truly seeing those whom Jesus loves.
Mariane Holbrook 08/04/10
What a compelling poem! I felt such a mixture of guilt, of concern, of sadness, of responsibility, all woven in a beautiful but thoughtful challenge for us to pay attention to the hurting all around us. This is a wonderful entry, dear friend, and I applaud you for posting it as a reminder for me to try again to be the arms and legs of my Savior to those who are so needy.
Lollie Hofer08/04/10
The message of this poem is so true. It has special meaning for me right now...two nights ago several people from our church drove around the neighborhood, praying for the neighbors and businesses in the area. Our eyes are much more open to their needs and concerns now then even two days ago. We are already coming up with new strategies as to how we can reach out and help them. Thanks for this timely, meaningful poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/04/10
If ever there was a compelling, convicting,yet inspiring, sermon in a poem, this is it.
Beth LaBuff 08/04/10
Carol, this is beautiful and tender, with a message to challenge. Excellent for the topic. I love this!
Mona Purvis08/04/10
Carol, this is just wonderful. The person standing by the road with a 'work for food' sign came to mind for some reason. So often we turn away.
Thank you.

harvestgal Ndaguba08/04/10
This is so excellent. It totally touched my heart. Oh my goodness, Beautiful, touching, convicting, Inspiring and true. Totally loved it. Wish I'd written it myself, but I've got some growing to do to get up to this one.