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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: Which Armour?
By Margaret Kearley


Which Armour?

For week on week he’d raised a fist defiant ,
His head thrown back, he roared at God and man,
With all the self-assurance of a giant
He mocked and taunted: ‘Take me, if you can.’
Invincible? Unconquerable? He believed it,
From earliest youth, Gath’s Champion, the Great.
And Philistine militia chose their favourite
To storm his human might ‘gainst Heaven’s Gate.
For forty days he challenged God and Israel
To choose one man to singly fight this war,
Convinced that he alone would win the battle,
Reliant on the armour that he wore:

Helmet of Arrogance,
Breastplate of pride,
Belt, all encircling,
With falsehood tight tied.
Feet shod and planted
With conflict and hate,
Sword pierced with godlessness
To exterminate.
A covering, protective,
Impenetrable for sure.
Clad by his own making,
The armour he wore.

For week on week they faced their roaring arch-foe,
The mocking challenge rang deep in their ears.
Each taunt, each goad, like flaming speeding arrow
Inflamed their terror, and increased their fears.
Drawn faces, grey, their shoulders drooped with mis’ry
As they encountered godlessness so bold,
And while their confidence just crumbled daily,
Giant Despair just tightened up his hold.
O Israel, how is it that you’ve forgotten
The One who keeps you in His loving care,
The One who is your ever strong protection?
Is this the armour that you choose to wear?

Helmet of apathy,
Breastplate of fear,
Belt tightly buckled
With worry severe.
Feet shod with weak shoes
That shuffle with dread.
Sword sharp with truth
Now dull, blunted instead.
Your covering once shining
With brightness divine,
Now discarded lay
In a sorry decline.

For week on week, out on the lonely hillside,
The shepherd with his sheep, his staff, his rod,
Learned in the quietness to fully confide
And trust entirely on His Saviour God.
So, in the camp, when faced with the defiance
Of challenge from this heathen deity,
He acted out his faith in full reliance,
For God to him, was not an absentee.
Young son of Jesse, without hesitation,
Believing, leaning, on the one God true
Took up the stand ‘gainst evil’s accusation,
Clothed in the only armour that he knew:

Salvation his helmet,
Worn firmly in place,
Breastplate of Righteousness,
God’s saving grace,
Belt of the Word of God,
Eternally true,
Feet quick and ready
God’s service to do.
Faith’s mighty shield
With divine saving power,
Sword of the Spirit,
To conquer, that hour.

1 Samuel 17.

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Henry Clemmons02/17/11
Gave me chill bumps. Great entensity, art and skill. You hammered your message and the topic. You could read that anywhere to a standing O. Bravo.
Beth Muehlhausen02/18/11
AMAZING! I love this - the cadence and variation in stanzas as well as content. I found myself holding my breath (literally). A grabber-of-an-entry!! Great job with the topic, and with creative flair. ;-)
Catrina Bradley 02/21/11
Oh, my! You got my blood pumping! Such power and emotion come through your poetry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/22/11
This is beautiful and though it is a poetic way to tell the story of David and Goliath, it tells a message that is so relevant in today's world. It is so important to wear the proper amour. Well-done.
Lollie Hofer02/22/11
Your format really worked well here. The title was perfect for this poem and how you told it from the different perspectives. Extremely well done.
Bonnie Bowden 02/23/11
Well written take on the David and Goliath challenge.
I really enjoyed reading this poem.
Carol Penhorwood 02/24/11
Loved the masterful use of words and format! Absolutely stunning!
Rachel Phelps02/24/11
I thought I'd commented on this story earlier this week, but apparently not. Excellent, and congratulations on your EC!
Rachel Phelps02/24/11
Excellent! Congratulations on your EC!
Henry Clemmons02/24/11
I knew this was goning to be a top-tenner right away. Awesome job. Very inspiring, (and copied for further study). Well done and glad to see it on the EC list.
Loren T. Lowery02/25/11
Loved the way this helps the heart/mind see the spiritual armor we must daily put on. It is things like this imagery that makes getting battle prepared much more real. Congratulations, Margaret.