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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Foreign Language (12/09/10)

TITLE: Another Language
By Melanie Kerr
12/15/10


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I thought that when I followed Him
A new world we’d create
A battle fought with swords and spears
Destroying those we hate

I thought His words of freedom were
For this world, here and now
His Kingdom near, but in our hearts?
I got it wrong somehow

He speaks another language that
I thought to comprehend
But round the things He’s tried to say
My heart and mind won’t bend

He would insist I turn the cheek
From insult walk away
Allow someone to take my cloak
And stand not in their way

He bids me walk the extra mile
Complain not of the load
Resenting not the harsh demand
But cheerful on the road

He tells me that I must forgive
The one who causes harm
That love will conquer every time
And salient hate disarm

He says to mountains I will speak
And cast them to the sea
That I can call those things “not yet”
And then those things will “be”

He speaks of selfless sacrifice
And love that serves the lost
He tells me I should bear a cross
That I must count the cost

The choice I face to learn His tongue
“His Kingdom Come” to see
Or walk away, convinced in heart
His world can never be


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Kate Oliver Webb12/16/10
This is a very well-done, thought-provoking piece, and I appreciate your sharing it.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/18/10
Your well written poem both inspires and challenges.
Noel Mitaxa 12/18/10
I really appreciate this positive stance on the new language of love; expressed and demonstrated by Jesus; and your willingness to embrace this language in response.
Nancy Bucca12/19/10
Another beautiful poem with a powerful message.
Yvonne Blake 12/21/10
Great thoughts!
Cheryl Harrison 12/22/10
This is beautiful. You are gifted. :o)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/23/10
This is beautiful. God does need a lot from us but the reward is so wonderful. You did a great job with this. Congratulations in placing in the top 10 in Masters and the top 20 overall.