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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: For Crying Out Loud
By lynn gipson
05/28/13


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Baffling grown ups, for crying out loud,
Moaning and groaning, what a sad crowd,
Complaining daily regarding their lack,
Of their good fortune, they have lost track.

Those who whimper at every turn,
Who have it so well but yet they burn,
In envy of what other people possess,
Bemoaning the fact that they have less.

The blessings of God they do not count,
Grace that rains in a great amount,
Failing to see that to be in good health,
Is better by far than the greatest of wealth.

I confess I have been such a gloomy Gus,
So ungrateful I was, always making a fuss,
Wasting for want of what others had,
Pouting resentment, going quite mad.

When tragedy struck, God came to me,
He opened my eyes, He made me to see,
Envisioning my life about to be over,
Beneath His safe wings, I ran for cover.

Upon a bed I lay surely dying,
No time for childish pity or crying,
God spoke to me of important things,
A soul to be saved; a heart that sings.

He healed my body, He mended my heart,
He gave me courage to make a new start,
Tears flowed anew of a different kind,
Gratitude, joy, and peace of mind.

Feeling at once God's amazing grace,
As death confronted me face to face,
Material wants were things of the past,
True riches were mine to claim at last.

Baffling grown ups, for crying out loud,
Once I followed that sad old crowd,
No longer though, does my spirit pine,
Wealth is God's love, good health is mine.



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Camille (C D) Swanson 05/30/13
Praise the Lord! What a beautiful testimony wrapped up into an exquisitely beautiful poem...Fantastic!

So many individuals fail to recognize the blessings they have, and this touching and meaningful poem brings the depth of what is important to life!

I loved it! Thank you for sharing your world in such an awesome way.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/30/13
Wow how wonderful God is! He's willing to nearly take us to our death beds so that we may have an epiphany that will make life so much better. This is beautifully written and the flow is perfect. I truly was touched by your words.
Sheldon Bass 05/31/13
I love this immensely! You displayed some grand truths here. One of which is how God works through every circumstance to bring about His will for us. The bad and the good things work together to bring about His good and perfect will (Rm 8:28).
Your rhymes were pleasant and I found a good rhythm too. Hardship and suffering are such great teachers. Do we really grow when we have it easy? I just posted a piece on this at my blog. http://www.growingupinjesus.com/5/post/2013/05/suffering-well-in-christ.html
Please keep the good stuff coming! You have a fan!
Judith Gayle Smith06/02/13
Oh - I love this! So identifiable . . .
Genia Gilbert06/02/13
So...oo true, and well said! This covers a lot of profound truth. Loved it.
Allison Egley 06/02/13
Oh, nice job with this. I love it. God is good!
Bea Edwards 06/03/13
Another fabulous prose! How do you keep creating these masterful yet unique and fresh pictures of your life?
You are a wonderful example of how in your weakness he has shown Himself strong, you simply let Him do the creating through you!
Linda Berg06/04/13
My husband uses the phrase, "for crying out loud" to express himself at different times. Your title drew me in. So much truth in this poetry. We all have a tendency to whine and forget the blessing that God bestows on us. Excellent thoughts put together well. I enjoyed this.