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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Come Aside and Rest a While
By Colin Swann


Come aside and rest a while:
from weary times and endless strife;
from cares and woes of a shattered life;
from the fear of a feeble grasp on grace;
from fragile faith and a loss of face;
from a worn out walk of faulty strides;
from a mask well worn and weakness to hide.
From all of this:
Come aside and rest a while.

Come aside and rest a while:
from daily cares and throes of pain;
from setting a standard with no gain;
from bearing burdens of fam'ly and friend;
from problem solving without end;
from weeping more than a now and then;
from fruitless praying with a no amen.
From all of this:
Come aside and rest a while.

Come aside and rest a while:
from body wear and feeble strength;
from taking remedies to great length;
from a physically fit - to fit to drop;
from hoping long for a body swap;
from suffering pain too hard to bear;
from lack of mending of the wear and tear.
From all of this:
Come aside and rest a while.

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C D Swanson 04/12/12
Nice job with this...Resting in the Lord will bring comfort to all those who seek it.

I enjoyed it. God Bless~
Genia Gilbert04/12/12
I like this poem. Coming aside and resting awhile is a Biblical principle we often neglect. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/12
This is beautiful. Even though I'm not very musical I could still hear this as a wonderful song.
Leola Ogle 04/12/12
"Come aside and rest awhile" - I love this! A speaker at a women's retreat once said that sometimes the most God-ordained thing we can do is rest! Amen. Thanks for sharing this well written poem. God bless!
Antje Hill04/13/12
Oh, my this is beautiful. The Lord is teaching me about resting in Him. So this touched me. Also, I've written about the masks we wear and how they are a cover-up for hurting people, so I love the line, "from a mask well worn". Good work!
Graham Insley04/15/12
My life has now been changed,
Many of my priorites rearranged,
I took a moment to see the Son,
To thank HIm for what He'd done.
I then became His,
Because I came aside to rest awhile."

Loved the poem, and please forgive my presumption, I could not resist, it hooked me so much it just flowed on.

I like good, upbeat endings which show that something changed in the journey. Rather like many psalms go through real agony to real praise. Just me and certainly not "right", just me.

I enjoyed reading this poem.
Allison Egley 04/15/12
Oh, I love this. Nice job. The meter and rhyme are perfect. :)
Donna Wilcher04/15/12
Simply beautiful, I enjoyed this very, very much. Why is it so hard for us to just...come and rest? We wear ourselves out trying to be all things, to all people.

Thank you for the reminder to lay all that down and rest.

Ellen Carr 04/15/12
I really like this poem. I like its message, its structure and its rhythm. It's a lovely message of restoration, rest and peace.
Lillian Rhoades 04/17/12
Colin, you must know by now, based on previous comments, how well conceived and executed this poem is. Beautiful in style and message. Wonderful!
Lillian Rhoades 04/17/12

"from the fear of a feeble grasp on grace;...from a worn out walk of faulty strides;"

Geoffrey johnstone04/17/12
This was really good. I can see it in a church bulletin somewhere. Well done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/18/12
Beautifully written--as always and with a wonderful message.
Edmond Ng 04/19/12
A nicely written piece reminding us the constant need to 'come aside and rest a while.' Amid the cares and burdens we bear, we certainly need to take time to rest in the Lord and to be at His feet. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. God bless.
C D Swanson 04/19/12
Congratulations & God Bless~
Hiram Claudio04/19/12
Congratulations on a well deserved 3rd place ribbon!
annie keys04/19/12
Congratulations, well done!