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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)

TITLE: Face To Face
By Carol Penhorwood


Face To Face

Face to face I want to ask Him,
Why He has allowed such pain,
Why the children have to suffer,
Hoping one day He'll explain.

Face to face I'll ask my questions,
Face to face all hurts He'll heal,
All confusion and frustration,
When before His feet I kneel.

Why allow disease and evil,
Why disasters rock the world,
Why allow such devastation,
Why must Satan's darts be hurled?

One day we will ask the questions,
Why the young so soon must die,
Why the fam'ly knows such heartache
And alone our tears we cry?

Why must children be rejected,
Left alone in their despair,
Fragile hearts in need of loving,
Yet there's no one near to care?

Face to face it then won't matter,
All His love at last we'll feel,
What's obscure and now we question
In His wisdom He'll reveal.

Steadfast patience and endurance
Will one day have its reward,
Faith revealing divine actions
From the Savior we've adored.

Face to face the love we've longed for
We shall see upon His face,
And the moans, complaints, and questions
All erased by His embrace.

With disease and devastation
My soul yearning for its home,
Then we'll have this conversation
And my thoughts no longer roam.

Face to face will come the knowing,
Face to face He'll speak my name,
In His arms all fear behind me
And I'll never be the same.

“For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away (and enjoy to the full) what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (Amplified Bible)

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things (we) hope for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality—faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/10
The words you used were beautiful and flowed well. I could feel your yearnings and desire to see Jesus and have Him erase our uncertainities.
Lollie Hofer10/21/10
Well done on all levels...the message of hope is there, your rhythm and rhythme (sp?) are exceptional. Beautiful.
Joyce Morse10/21/10
Wonderful poem. Great timing and rhythm. I loved the way you captured so many people's feelings and then you brought out the truth that it won't matter. I think this will place very well!
Jeanne E Webster 10/21/10
Some thoughtful questions here for sure. Well written and versed, combining many poignant lines. I think of meeting our Lord face-to-face, and more than likely our questions will vanish in the presence of His grace. Blessings :)
Dolores Stohler10/23/10
What wonderful thoughts are expressed here! Who wouldn't want this face to face confrontation? And your poetic form is perfect. I think you've captured first place in this challenge.
Shelley Ledfors 10/24/10
A beautiful poem that expresses a conversation I think we've all desired. Very well done.
Dee Yoder 10/24/10
Oh, this is beautiful and marks the hope we all have when we finally go home to heaven. Love this.
Kate Oliver Webb 10/24/10
Absolutely wonderful, beautiful, emotional and powerful poetry (the best yet, I think).
My favorite line: "Face to face, it then won't matter." Hallelujah!
Colin Swann10/25/10
Great devotional poem of the hope that one day God will fill in all the painful gaps!
Genia Gilbert10/25/10
Yes! This puts a longing n my heart for that great face to face moment. I think it will cause all our questions to vanish.
Karen Elengikal10/25/10
This says it all: "Face to face will come the knowing,
Face to face He'll speak my name,
In His arms all fear behind me
And I'll never be the same." Obviously written from a heart that knows that is true. Well done!

Jan Ackerson 10/25/10
This is very pretty--it's rhythm and repetition remind me of that of a hymn. Set it to music, if you can!
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/26/10
Really wonderful poetry with an inspiring message. I think this is your best yet!
Caitlyn Meissner10/26/10
What a beautiful poem expressing a Christian's longing. Thank you.
Beth LaBuff 10/26/10
I was singing this in my mind to the "Face to Face" tune also. Your message is filled with comfort. I long for that day. Lovely!
Loren T. Lowery10/27/10
You were able to set to poetry the thoughts that run through our minds. Beautifully said!
Mariane Holbrook 10/27/10
I, too, immediately started singing "Face To Face with Christ, my Redeemer." What a sweet, yet powerful poem! I'm so proud of you, dearheart, and the great strides you've made in your writing. God bless your talent big time!
Henry Clemmons10/27/10
I like the rythm of the piece too. Very melodic and ministers a good point. Great job.
Mona Purvis10/27/10
Well-written and rolls off the tongue. You did an outstanding job with this one.

Connie Dixon10/27/10
This is one conversation I don't want to miss. Great job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/28/10
Congratulations for placing 12th in level 3 and 25 overall!