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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: The Highway of Holiness


I traversed the pathway of sorrow
a twisted and treacherous way,
where lions and beasts, lurk and follow
molesting and mauling, their prey,
and there on that highway of heartache
where dark, loathsome, terrors abound,
my heart, grew akin to the barren
disconsolate, grief-stricken, ground.

I came to the crossroads of crisis
and pondered the route I had trod,
the Highway to Holiness, lay ahead
it's destination, was God.
The way was unclear, but the road seemed clean
exempt from all evil and strife,
and thorns gave way, to a verdant green
for therein, flowed the river of life.

Enfeebled and weak, I rested awhile
unsure, how the dust of the dead,
and grime from the journey, would reconcile
with this virtuous road ahead.
I cried out to God, to show me the way
He showed me my darkened heart,
and the shameful, contentious, iniquity
of the secretive, innermost parts.

By this entrance of consecration
an elderly, High Priest stood,
He told of the need, for oblation
and the work of atoning blood.
By grace and truth, He did impart
a righteousness all of His own,
and gave me a tender and penitent heart
in exchange, for my offering of stone

Now I travel this unfamiliar road
at times I draw back, on my own,
then I hear the voice, of the man of God
and it urges, "let us go on,"
so I draw aside and seek to pray
to my heavenly Father above,
and ask Him to lead and illume the way
on this pathway, of perfect love

The beauty of holiness, marks this land
the sojourners are, but a few,
a praying people, a holy band
who the world and it's evil, eschew.
This narrow road, is safe and secure
and marked by a sweet perfume,
an exquisite fragrance, lovely and pure
from the roses and lilies, that bloom.

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.
Proverbs 16:17 KJV

Let your eyes look directly forward, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Proverbs 4:25-26 KJV

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 
Isaiah 43:19 KJV

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you
an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to 
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 
Ezekiel 36: 26-27 KJV

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 
Isaiah 35:1 KJV

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isaiah 35:8-9

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Christina Banks 12/01/12
I enjoyed your poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/04/12
This is a powerful piece. You managed to capture the fear and the faith. I was also impressed by your rhythm and your rhymes. Often poetry will go over my head and I'd guess there is much more to this piece than my mind can comprehend. However, I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will make sure the reader is getting the exact words that she needs to hear. It takes a great deal of talent to do just that.
C D Swanson 12/04/12
Touching with beautiful purpose to the meaning.
God bless~
Margaret Kearley 03/01/13
This is so beautiful it almost brought me to tears. It is a most amazing poem – the rhyming, choices of words and scanning are perfect. Far beyond that however, the message is a wonderful telling testimony of every heart that seeks to follow the Saviour closely. It could almost have been written by John Bunyan to lay by the side of his wonderful book, Pilgrim’s Progress. Keep writing poems like this Deb and may they be greatly used by our God for His Glory and blessing.