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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)

TITLE: for me, God's voice is not so clear
By Jim McWhinnie
12/18/10


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for me, God’s voice is not so clear,
oh, i sense that God is near,
i sense His comfort to my fear,
still i pray for answers to appear.

for other souls, He must be closer friends,
for His Will to them, God routinely sends,
they so easily know what He intends,
which course to follow to reach holy ends.

so often i hear others say,
“the Lord speaks to me when i pray,
why the Lord told me jus’ the other day,
to spend all my money this-a-way!”

but for me, ‘tis not so plain,
to discern the sacred from profane,
for others truth comes down like rain,
in floods of words that sound insane.

i believe that God does answer prayer,
i know that God responds with care,
yet to speak for God, i seldom dare,
unless His wisdom with me did share.

so i will listen for God’s quiet Thought,
and i will do what God thinks i ought,
yet i shall not undo what God has wrought,
and with God’s written word, i shall cast my lot.


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Terrah Lynn12/23/10
If I could write poetry (which I can't) this is a poem that reflects my feelings and is something I would probably write. Good job!
Nancy Sullivan 12/24/10
I can truly identify with this MC. Nicely written with excellent points.
Colin Nielsen 12/26/10
Great honest poetry. Liked it. Maybe the reason why God doesn't speak to us sometimes is because there is no need to because we are on the right track.Then again, maybe it's to strengthen our faith.
Barbara Lynn Culler12/26/10
I understand what you mean. It is especially frustrating when you think you have heard God's instruction, but then find out it was not from Him.

Good job!
Troy Manning12/28/10
Important message for today, as so many in the church seek for revelation outside the Word. Nicely done.
Loren T. Lowery12/28/10
Beautifully done! I love reading poems where the author is working out inner conflicts; and, regardless of the resolution (solved or not)- a nugget of truth that connects us all is found.
Cheryl Harrison 12/29/10
but for me, ‘tis not so plain,
to discern the sacred from profane,
for others truth comes down like rain,
in floods of words that sound insane.


Beautifully crafted. Keep writing.
Margaret Kearley 12/30/10
Great writing, expressing such wise sentiments. What a reminder - to alwasys cast in our lot only with God's Word. Wonderful.
Henry Clemmons12/30/10
This was so good. When I read it out loud it gave me chills. Such a truth to tell so skilfully. Congrats on your placement, it was beyond deserved!
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/30/10
Congratulations, Jim, on your EC for this wonderful poem. You said so clearly and, at the same time, in such a creative way, thoughts I've had before.
Cheryl Harrison 12/30/10
Jim - Congrats on your placing. I enjoyed reading it again.
Carol Penhorwood 01/02/11
Congratulations on this entry that spoke what has been in heart so often. Well done!
Danielle King 01/10/11
Excellent message. My own experience also. Short and sweet but said it all! Cogratulations.