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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)

TITLE: Clean Again
By Carol Penhorwood
03/15/12


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Clean Again

Shame became my shadow,
Guilt like heavy chains,
Hypocrisy, a cloud o'er me,
For I confessed Your name.

Caught between my two desires
I never lived in peace,
My flesh had gained the upper hand,
My soul longed for release.

Trapped,  I did not want to go,
And yet flesh still gave in,
Peace no longer reigned in me
Because of all my sin.

Confession would bring victory,
And then would come a fall,
This prodigal kept coming back
When I heard heaven's call.

Pleading for forgiveness,
I felt Your hand on me,
For Your love never once gave up,
You had a hold on me.

Your loving mercy drew me back,
Your arms have held me there,
I never want to flee again
Or cause so much despair.

In Your eyes I'm forgiven,
Clean before the throne,
It was Your love that drew me back,
No power of my own.

Your mercies new each morning,
And gratefully I sing
Because this soul is clean again
My praises I will bring.

Your Spirit had a hold on me,
And He conviction brought,
Your love and mercy so much more
Than any man e'er thought.


"I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do....for what I do is not the good I want to do--this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it....what a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!".   Romans 7:15-25 NIV


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CD Swanson 03/15/12
Excellent, moving and beautifully done. I loved this poem and the message it brings to our hearts.

Nicely done. God Bless~
Kathleen Langridge03/20/12
So real, so touching like sunlight dappling on green leaves. I loved the way it flowed, encouraged and made real the experience of the verse quoted at the end. Well done, indeed.
Donna Wilcher 03/21/12
I absolutely loved this! Every single word touched my heart, and sent my praises to His throne of amazing grace and mercy...

Joanne Sher 03/21/12
Just beautiful, Carol. This touched me.