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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: This Side of Paradise (not about the book) (07/14/11)

TITLE: Planet Earth is Crying
By Amica Joy


Planet earth is crying.
Paradise seems lost.
The rain feels different today.
Itís as if tears were shed in heaven, and are falling down on earth.
Did God die?

A daunting thought.
A very real emotion.
But in any event impossible because God died a long time ago.
Gethsemane. Jesus. The cross.
The grave. The stone.

Earth feels like a grave today. Paradise seems lost.
Everything seems doomed.

Itís as if hope disappeared from the face of the earth.
A scary thought.
A very real emotion.
But thankfully not a fact because Christ brought eternal hope into this world.
A long time ago.
Victory over Death.
Resurrection. Pentecost.

Life seems to have been buried.
Paradise seems lost.
The sky is carrying heavy layers of grey.
The clouds look like a chariot of condemnation that will
carry the doomed to a place of despair.
Condemnation. Misery. Hell.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Forgiveness. Reconciliation.
Salvation. Eternal Life.

A child died today. A baby boy.
His mother wasnít able to breast-feed him.
The baby bottles contained the best milk powder money could buy but the water was contaminated.
The baby suffered for three days and died.
Planet earth is crying.

4 years ago, a young woman was forced to marry a man 30 years older than her.
Now sheís the mother of four children and emotionally drained.
Never once did she feel like a true bride, never truly loved and never truly cherished.
Her husband never talks to her.
He uses her like a piece of meat. Forced marriage.
A stroke of bad fortune.
Planet earth is crying.

For decades, rulers of many nations have been telling their citizens that God does not exist.
Boys and girls grew up believing that there is no God.
There are still some State Presidents who promote this credo:
There is no God.
No hope. No salvation.
Planet earth is crying.

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.

Paradise permeates into our earthly lives, every time one soul turns to God.

Itís Paradise on this side of life that shines its light.

Paradise is a fleeting visitor shedding rays of eternal life into suffering and death; into anxiety and violence.

All evils of hell accumulate on earth.

The abundance of Christís love & power are waiting to cover the earth like the waters cover the sea.

This side of Paradise can be a wonderful place if Christís light shines in all dark places.

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Robert Johnson07/22/11
Nice job contrasting the light of Christ against the gloom and doom of this our current residence. I liked it!
Linda Goergen07/25/11
This makes me think of the scripture in Revelation 12:12 Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.

Yes, the earth is crying for as you powerfully show, it is being violated by Satanís darknessÖbut, as your last line indicates, it is the Christians that allow the light of Heaven to shine in, which should give us more vision to get out and witness to the lost! Your poem has so much vision of these truths, but thank God, Satanís time seems swiftly coming to its endÖthe earth cries out that these are the last days!

I loved this poem and its vision and message! Great job!
Kim Hamlin07/27/11
Excellent poetry, and appears to have taken a lot of hard work. I appreciate it, it's wonderfully done, enjoyed it very much. Made me think of "the groaning of the earth" that's spoken of in the Bible. Thank you!
Noel Mitaxa 07/28/11
Yes, creation is groaning as in labour, waiting for the revelation of God's children. Great imagery in the heartache.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/02/11
Wow! Such intensity in a small beautiful poem. Congratulations for ranking 8th in level 3!