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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Feel (emotions) (08/26/10)

TITLE: Should This Be My Last
By Carol Penhorwood


Should This Be My Last

Should this be my last on earth
My heart wants you to know,
My love for you will still go on
As sure as God's rainbow.

I know I caused you heartache,
For that I've grieved for years,
But we cannot erase the past
And mercy's dried the tears.

You are the fruit this vine's produced,
My children, still my own,
With pride and wonder as I've watched
You've blossomed as you've grown.

Your children now have blessed me
And filled my cup with joy,
With love and laughter, pride and awe,
That no one can destroy.

I'm blessed to have this legacy,
A gift from God's own heart,
You and your children from His hand...
Such lovely works of art.

Whatever worlds you conquer
I'll have a part as well,
For lives leave endless ripples
As waves recede and swell.

Should this be my last on earth
I have just one request,
That you would know the love of God,
This One who loves you best.

May your lives be a blessing,
A gift from Him to earth,
May you fulfill His purposes
And know your own self-worth.

And should this be my last on earth
We have this consolation,
If you know Jesus as your Lord,
We'll meet in celebration.

“May Christ through your faith (actually) dwell—settle down, abide, make His permanent home—in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints (God's devoted people, the experience of that love) what is the breadth and length and height and depth (of it); (That you may really come) to know—practically, through experience for yourselves—the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God--(that is) may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!” Ephesians 3:17-19 (Amplified Bible)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/02/10
Simply beautiful. What a beautiful legacy for many generations to look back on and feel the love. :)
Genia Gilbert09/05/10
I enjoyed this poem. The message is heartwarming.
Anthony David09/06/10
I enjoyed your poem. It is an excellent thing to leave as a legacy. An extremely elegant way of sharing the gospel with a loved one. Keep writing!
Charla Diehl 09/06/10
Beautiful poetry with a powerful message. Good job.
Barbara Lynn Culler09/07/10
How sad and beatiful and poignant.

Kind of like a for-telling of what you were going to experience this week?
Kate Oliver Webb 09/07/10
Beautiful sentiments, expressed so very well (as usual, my friend). This is a poem which should be published, so it can be shared by those of us who aren't gifted as you are with the ability to write poetry.
Virgil Youngblood 09/07/10
A wonderful poetic devotional.
Kaylee Blake 09/07/10
Beautiful and well-crafted. Tears to my eyes :)
Beth LaBuff 09/07/10
I read this twice, just to take in as much as I could. What a beautifully penned sentiment! Wow! I love this stanza, "I know I caused you heartache, -- For that I've grieved for years, -- But we cannot erase the past -- And mercy's dried the tears." I love everything about this gorgeous poem!
Cheryl Harrison09/07/10
Beautiful. The cry of a parent's heart that their children and grandchildren will know the Lord. Good job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/08/10
Beautiful--I can't say I wrote it...but I prayed it when I read it.
Carole Robishaw 09/08/10
This so beautifully expresses how I feel about my son and his family. In fact, I copied it out and sent it to them, telling them it was written by a special friend of mine <3
Amanda Brogan09/08/10
This is a lovely poem written from the perspective of a godly mother and grandmother. It reminded me of 3 John 1:4,

"I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."