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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: Beyond Requests
By Carol Penhorwood
01/19/11


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Beyond Requests

Pause to admire God's handiwork,
The beauty of each day,
The gifts He has bestowed on us
To feed the soul's bouquet.

Beyond provision of our needs
With beauty we are blessed,
With wonder we behold it all...
Creation finely dressed.

With rapture we awake at dawn
To rays of golden sun,
And weep with wonder in our souls
At sunset when day's done.

Each season brings us new delights,
The rhythm of His hand,
With one command He planned it all,
Each one a wonderland.

Each season with its purpose
Presents a lesson new,
A guide for life within the Vine,
The seasons we pass through.

In spring we spy God's blessings,
Abundantly arrayed,
Delighting in His mighty love,
Beyond our needs displayed.

The heat of summer presses down
Like trials to the soul,
We're brought down to our knees, and still,
All burdens on Him roll.

The deadly weight of winter
Expressive of our grief,
And yet because our Savior lives
His promise brings relief.

His promises of life to come
If only we believe,
The treasures He has stored for us
More than we can conceive.

Beyond what we anticipate,
In love God gives us more,
Beyond requests, fulfilling dreams,
He opens heaven's door.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 01/20/11
This beautiful poem celebrates the seasons, but even more the hope of the Christian. Well done.
Patricia Herchenroether01/20/11
Lovely thoughts to hold in one's heart. Very nice.
Laury Hubrich 01/23/11
I can't imagine writing a poem. Very nice job:) It flows perfectly and has a message of hope!
Beth LaBuff 01/23/11
What a beautiful phrase, "soul's bouquet." I really like your association of "seasons" with "rhythm of His hand" -- I'd never thought of it that way, but it's perfect (especially for a Master Designer). I agree with the other comments, you meter is about as perfect as it can be! This is simply beautifulů in workmanship and message!
Rachel Phelps01/23/11
Lovely phrasings for an equally lovely message. Well done.
Brenda Rice 01/25/11
Wow! What a wonderful message carried by beautiful imaginary and moved along with perfect flow. Easy and enjoyable read. My personal favorite. Thanks for this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/11
Your poem shows just how wonderful God is!
Sarah Elisabeth 01/25/11
Lovely poem!

I felt a little jolted out of the smooth rhythm in the spring to summer to winter part without fall...but loved your beautiful comparisons!
Loren T. Lowery01/28/11
Loved every stanza, but one struck me as particularly profound:
"Each season with its purpose
Presents a lesson new,
A guide for life within the Vine,
The seasons we pass through"

Yes, the vine, constant in all seasons, if we can but remain there. Well done!