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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Extra (08/29/13)

TITLE: He Didn't Have To
By Allison Egley
09/04/13


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He didn't have to.
The stars and the moon,
Planets and comets
God made the universe so...
Marvelous.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
The mountains and valleys,
Sunrises and sunsets.
God made Earth so...
Beautiful.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
Each time Israel disobeyed,
God left a remnant.
He acted so....
Faithfully.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
Born in a manger,
Not fit for a King.
He came to earth so...
Humbly.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
Died on a cruel cross,
Rose again the third day.
He defeated death and sin so...
Completely.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
In Him we live and move
And have our being.
Christ gives us life so...
Abundantly.
But He didn't have to.

He didn't have to.
From the beauty of creation
To the glory of salvation
God gives us so many...
Extras.
But He didn't have to.

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Acts 17:28 (NIV)


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Bonnie Rose Hudson09/06/13
That was exquisite. Thank you!
CD Swanson 09/06/13
Hauntingly beautiful!

God bless~
Mike Newman09/07/13
I enjoyed your take, thank for sharing this.
Noel Mitaxa 09/08/13
A very positive rebuke to the self-absorption that can addict us to placing selfish expectations on God that he does not need to fulfil. Well done.
Gerald Shuler 09/08/13
Marvelous entry. It's true, He didn't have to... but He desperately WANTED to!
Bea Edwards 09/09/13
You crafted a lovingly composed reminder to all of us, how gracious and merciful He is.
Thank you.
Brenda Rice 09/09/13
I am not comfortable commenting on poems, but I like to get reviews. So, I think your entry is full of truth. It is presented in a touching way, not preachy. I liked it.

Thanks.
Judith Gayle Smith09/11/13
Loved this. The only red ink I can apply is that YOU wrote it and I didn't!
Judith Gayle Smith09/11/13
Glory to God! This is why and how we should praise Him. [
CD Swanson 09/12/13
Congrats! God Bless~
Judith Gayle Smith09/12/13
I knew this was special!

Thank you, and congratulations on your well-deserved win!
Richard L. Provencher 01/25/14
This is a beautiful poem. If only more of us could find the time to rest during busy days, and thank our Lord for all the goodness he provided in our lives, because he didn't have to. Keep up the great words. I too pray over my writing, to the Holy Spirit.