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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Appointment (02/09/12)

TITLE: When Night Settled In
By Charla Diehl
02/15/12


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In the morning I dared to ask,
Today, appoint me a godly task
I close my book of short devotions
Then ready myself with quickened motions
Out the door, no time to spare--
The light turns red, my temper flares
In the adjacent lane a woman’s tears
Fell for her mate of many years
Was that a nudge to look her way--
Did I ignore a chance to pray?

Noontime dictates a need for lunch
Hurried am I, there’s a clock to punch
At the deli I criticized a smoker
And inside my head I even poked her
Assuming my agenda’s much more pressing
I butt in line, they won’t notice I’m guessing
When under pressure I am not at my best
The “me” frame of mind forgot my request
Could’ve offered to help an elderly gent
Whose steps were just shuffles--and now I repent

Heaving a sigh at the end of my shift
I cleaned up my station--my exit was swift
I raced to my car, popped in a new disc
Wanting just to relax when I heard a “tsk, tsk”
Before leaving the lot I viewed the rear mirror
And gasped when a co-worker’s image appeared
Earlier Sally had asked for a ride
But her simple request was curtly denied
It was out of my way and with gas prices soaring
I felt justified to dismiss her imploring

When night settled in and I sipped at my tea
I was covered in guilt inflicted by me
Throughout the day God appointed me to. . .
A grieving widow--What if she had been you?
An elderly man whose life was near spent
At the deli had struggled to squeeze condiments
Such a small gesture, but I failed the test
Not once recalling this morning’s request
And now I’m ashamed to have left in the lurch
Sally who just needed a ride to her church

The “tsking” I’d heard and the face in the mirror
Finally got my attention, though too late I fear
Forgive me, dear Lord, these many transgressions
And kneeling before Him I made my confession
The next morn I woke with a new frame of mind
Today I beg, Lord, please help me be kind
Let me be mindful of those in my path
And help me respond with love, not with wrath
Make my heart humble, change me,
I plead
Open my eyes to see others needs


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CD Swanson 02/17/12
NIcely told, and nicely done. Very intense, I am sure this will touch many.
God bless~
Lillian Rhoades 02/18/12
Great message! I've been there too many times. Good job with rhyme and rhythm.