Home Read What's New Join
My Account Login

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge



how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level


submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners

Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.



how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Shadows of the Past (In the Valley of Sha’ron)
By J. C. Lamont


A desert nomad
Surveys the Valley of Sha’ron
A weathered hand, shields his eyes from the sun
Seeking a land that was promised
By a voice in the wind
A faceless God, called I AM
A single rose
Blows in the wind
Could a whole valley bloom
From just one
Can he truly believe

A weeping prophet
Stares on the Valley of Sha’ron
His tear-stained face, glistens in the morning sun
All hope is lost
Smoke blows in the wind
Captivity from the enemy
The judgment of I AM
A trampled rose
This death and destruction
The man had forewarned
Yet no one would believe

The King of Time
Sits in the Valley of Sha’ron
His eyes reflecting, light from the sun
He carries his burden
The weight of the world
Alone an abandoned
Forsaken by all
He plucks a rose
As he thinks on his fate
Despite all he would go through
Many would never believe

A lone, tired man
Stands in the Valley of Sha’ron
Rain falls from a blackened sky, hiding the sun
He walks alone
Pushing away memories
Hiding behind
A mask of pain
A wilted rose
Love torn away
Scars only death can heal
Yet still he believes

A broken, young girl
Walks in the Valley of Sha’ron
Her soul cries out, as she breathes hope from the sun
Does she play the fool
Holding onto faith
Forsaking her heart
Believing the unseen
She holds a rose
Petals against her face
And whispers to her soul
I still believe

God upon his throne
Gazes on the Valley of Sha’ron
Holding time in his hand, with the rising of the sun
Not a tear he didn’t see
Nor a cry he didn’t hear
Season by season
Flowers bloom, flowers fade
The Creator of the rose
Of its beauty and fragrance
Compassion, from the great I AM
For those who believed

A celestial city
Its garden – the Valley of Sha’ron
Walls of gold, shimmering like the sun
Behold the five
The nomad, prophet, and King
The tired man and the broken girl
Not a tear among them
Only a rose
The pain of their lives
Now shadows of the past
Because they believed

The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.

This article has been read 927 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Linda Watson Owen10/10/05
Ah! The Rose of Sharon! A poem so beautifully crafted!
Maxx .10/11/05
This is totally cool. I really like this piece. Very well done!
Jesus Puppy 10/11/05
A well writen piece, very uplifting, and cheerfully worded.
Val Clark10/12/05
A beautiful poem, touching on the love God has for all people in all circumstances.
Pat Guy 10/12/05
Jan Ackerson 10/13/05
Good job, nice change of pace for you, I think. It's fun to stretch, isn't it? Thanks for this lovely poem.
Alexandra Wilkin10/14/05
A poem that can be re-read to absorb its full meaning. I like this very much; tenderly observed and well constructed. God bless.
Brandi Roberts10/14/05
I really enjoyed this, JC! A very well-structured and thought provoking poem. Thanks for sharing!
Rachel Burkum10/14/05
Oooh....I got shivers at the end.
You've got nothing to be jealous of, let me tell you that.
I loved the way you weaved a timeline through the poem, and the ending was great!
Cassie Memmer10/14/05
Great! Hope for those who believe. Very well done!
Dixie Phillips10/16/05
Loved the depth and way that you wrote straight from the heart. Keep it up!
Crista Darr10/16/05
Oh, this is deep. I had to read it twice. The weaving of the Valley, the sun (Son), and the rose in these lives is awesome and the ending is perfect.