Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Win A Publishing Package HERE            

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sellout (05/26/11)

TITLE: Sounding Gong
By Kelvin Fowler
06/01/11


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

I don't remember how
and I don't
remember when

But the
beautiful and intense
presence
of the Holy Spirit
like a rushing
wind swept through
our congregation

Beyond
that wind
was something
much more
special

We were
blessed
with the
sweet sweet
revelation
of a gentle whisper

The voice
spoke deeply
and profoundly

Saying
'What are you doing
for the least of these?'

Broken hearted
with the broken
we emptied our hearts
on the streets

Very soon
our friends
and later
our congregation
became
drunks, alcoholics
homeless
prostitutes, boy prostitutes
transvestites
and heroin addicts

We felt like David's
motley crew
living in caves
working in
the hours of darkness
sowing with tears
the light of Christ

---

Our pastor's wife
had a dream
a dreadful dream
she saw Richard
our leader
leaving a brothel

Sunday morning church
she confronted him
and he ran
we never saw
him again

You see
Richard
traded in
the fruits of the Spirit
for the
fruit of his loins

He fell
in the
darkness
into the
darkness
leaving a wake
of faith-shattering
destruction

We all
suffered
cried and screamed

But
no one
suffered more
than his
soon to be
divorced
and
AIDS-tested
beautiful
wife

The gentle whisper
has never left us
but now
it is a
sounding gong
warning us
of the
temptation
and the price
of selling-out.


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 305 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Linda Goergen06/02/11
WOW-WOW-WOW-Powerful truth in this poem that shows Satan is alive and working too, in any revival…and we really, all need our armor checked and rechecked as we battle. And yes, as Christians, the spiritual pain is so great and grievous, when we see one of our own fall in battle like that! I like how your poem shows the sweet side and then the sorrowful side that often comes with a great spiritual battle! Excellent job on this!
Melanie Kerr 06/03/11
How hard it is to be in the world but not of it. How easy it is to be seudced by it.
Noel Mitaxa 06/06/11
Wow, you have packed so much into this - without slipping into sensationalism or getting out of balance!
Danielle King 06/07/11
WOW from me too! Powerful message, brilliant writing. Got to be a winner!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/07/11
You presented a gripping picture of "sellout" in your poem.
diana kay06/08/11
this is so good.I can just imagine reading this one out and the slowness and faster pace and the quiet and the louder parts like a piece of music. The theme reminds me of the passage at the beginning of Acts where the early church was doing so well and then those foolish people lied and pretended to give all the money from selling a strip of land.. committed fraud and lies and God stuck them dead.
Well I hope it wins.. I think it is very powerful
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/09/11
Wow you said so much with so few words, I have chills.
Congratulations for ranking 8th in level 3!
Kim Hamlin06/13/11
very gripping Kelvin, I felt your poem, and you can't always say that about writing, great job!