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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: Hope Needed Now
By Charla Diehl
03/16/11


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While the waves came crashing down
Swallowing villages, people drowned,
Devastation came--some were sleeping
Now with them the world is weeping.

Debris-destruction-death-despair
Poisonous fumes pollute the air,
Yet in the midst there’s bended knees
Brokenness cries out to Thee.

Were they ready--those now gone
Will they sing with heaven’s throng,
Loved ones grieving, left behind
Needing hope in tragic times.

Like stiff-necked ones who followed Moses
We oft forget Who loved and chose us,
God calls to us though we may wander
Time’s a gift we shouldn’t squander.

Foretold birth pains getting stronger
Too much, too wrong, so how much longer,
Is it too late to turn the tide
Change our ways, cast sin aside.

Repenting hearts, each beats anew
Believing that His words are true,
Yes, there is life beyond the grave
For those who trust in Him who saves.

When final breath is drawn on earth
Agape love grants souls rebirth,
Each tattered soul finds rest with Thee
Where Your light shines eternally.




The March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan inspired this piece. Please continue to pray for the people of this country.


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Michael Throne03/18/11
This is a beautiful poem. I love the unforced rhymes. There were many excellent phrases; I especially like the second stanza (debris-destruction-death-despair) and the fifth (foretold birth pains getting stronger). The entire poem works quite well.
Margaret Kearley 03/19/11
Thankyou for such a wonderful poem and for so accurately portraying the devastation of the recent terrible news. I particularly love your last verse.
Carol Penhorwood 03/19/11
My heart also breaks for the Japanese right now. Beautiful!
Kate Oliver Webb03/21/11
Very moving and excellently written. Thank you for this tribute.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/23/11
This is a lovely tribute to all those who were lost in Japan or any natural disaster. May we never forget