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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)

TITLE: In the Shadows of Gethsemane
By Charla Diehl
10/24/12


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Gardens are places of beauty and calmness
Sweet fragrances linger, visitors find peace
But in Gethsemane anguish was building
Jesus felt crushed as He prayed for release

One Springtime night with heart heavy laden
His face to the ground, grief stricken He spoke
“My Father! Remove this cup of suffering”
His shoulders now bore the sin-covered yoke

Trembling emotions, human in source
Blood soaked earth with sweat from His pores
The God-man in obedience surrendered
“Father, I want not my will, but Yours”

What love propelled our Father in heaven
To offer His son for ones that betrayed
Its magnitude no mortal ever can fathom
In mercy God stamped His children “Debt Paid”

Each time we’re given a fresh cup of blessing
Each prayer answered with mercy and grace
Remember the one given our Savior
The cup that caused Him to fall on his face

Throughout life seasons none will escape
Freedom from pain nor days filled with dread
But be assured that through our believing
All shall live even though we are dead

Matthew 26:39 (NLT) He . . . fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”


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Camille (C D) Swanson 10/25/12
Beautifully told and written. Thank you for this entry.

And, thanks to our Lord and Savior.

God bless~
Lori Othouse 10/25/12
This is so good. Love the line - 'In mercy God stamped His children “Debt Paid”' Amen!!

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/25/12
This is so lovely and what a fitting piece for me right this minute. It never ceases to amaze me when I find these "I love you notes from Jesus." I believe he sends them to my when I'm afraid or alone--just a simple reminder to let me Know He Lives on forever and forever. Than you for your obedience to God and for penning this sweet release for me.
Marie Hearty 10/25/12
Beautiful poem. It touched me deeply.

God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/12
Congratulations for ranking 18th overall!