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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)

TITLE: Behind The Scene Of Luke 13
By Mary Lou Tiner



Like every Sabbath day before, I walked bent over through the door.
I tried to hide behind the crowd and stand where women were allowed.
My crippled body felt the sting of censured looks and gossiping.
For eighteen years this agony, had left its mark of pain on me.

The synagogue should be a place, where one was free from such disgrace.
But learned men with books of law, were eager to condemn each flaw.
These Pharisees would turn their head; to them I was as good as dead.
Still I would go each Sabbath day and try to find the words to pray.

That day there were no empty seats; the word had spread throughout the streets.
A famous man would preach that day and all would hear what He would say.
The Teacher opened up the text, but stopped and left the crowd perplexed.
He gently placed the scroll back down. His piercing eyes looked all around.

A murmur rippled through the air; I saw the people turn and stare.
I stretched my neck this way and that, to see what He was looking at.
I thought: “No way! It cannot be!” The Teacher’s gaze was fixed on me?
His eyes were warm and free from blame and then I heard Him call my name.

I trembled when I heard His voice; I knew I had no other choice.
I had to answer His command; I stumbled forward to the Man.
The rulers grumbled and complained: “The rules of law must be maintained.”
“How dare you call a woman here! A woman’s place is in the rear!”

But Jesus took a step toward me and changed my life eternally.
He gently touched me with His hand; my back grew straight and I could stand!
I never knew that I could feel, a touch of love, a touch so real.
He saw me first and called my name but with His touch He healed my shame.

The Pharisees began to fume; their anger filling up the room.
They gnashed their teeth and clenched their fist – to see this woman in their midst.
“This Jesus is a sinful man – to touch this woman with His hand.”
“To violate this holy place – to touch this woman in disgrace.”

But Jesus firmly stood His ground and said, “This woman had been bound.”
“But now my touch has set her free; why can’t you celebrate with me?”
“You blinded fool; you hypocrite! This miracle you can’t admit.”
“But now this woman’s found her place – a daughter who’s been saved by grace.”

I looked at Jesus’ tender eyes and that was when I realized,
His touch had done much more for me than heal my old infirmity.
I danced for joy before my King. I didn’t care who heard me sing!
For sin had bound and crippled me but Jesus’ touch had set me free.

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Lillian Rhoades 08/12/10
I know little about how to write poetry, but I think you did a great job with rhyme and rhythm. I loved how you included the entire Biblical narrative. A great ending!
Carol Penhorwood 08/12/10
A beautiful poetic message of God's love and grace and His willingness to touch us in our shame and make us whole. This is a winner for sure!
Sarah Heywood08/12/10
I love your cadence and rhyme - excellent job! And in addition to that, you made me feel as though I was in the crowd that day when Jesus healed the woman. Great writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/14/10
This is simply beautiful, it really pulled out all kinds of emotions from me. The flow was perfect, the meter soothing.
AnneRene' Capp08/15/10
Oh, Oh, Oh! This is so very joyous and written so darn cleverly well. It's filled with hope and made me simply happy and feel like celebrating too! :)
Sherrie Coronas08/15/10
I just really loved this poem. There is much application to the world we live in today. Jesus still heals, still saves and he especially loves who the world considers the least among us.
Caitlyn Meissner08/19/10
I really enjoyed this poem. I loved its rhythm and flow, and the wonderful message it held. Good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.