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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: Beginning Again
By Carolyn Ancell
09/11/13


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Christian
Believer
Christ-follower
70 years

Child
Loved Jesus dearly
Pictures of Him
On my bedroom wall
And in my pocket

Teenager
Devoted to the Lord
Attended church
Bible study
Youth camp
Prayer meetings

University and graduate school
Studied religion
Surely was becoming
Expert in faith
I had knowledge
I was special

Adult
Worked for church
For a long time
Truth be told
30 years

Had the answers
Neatly packaged
Well proclaimed
Powerfully delivered

Admired
Praised
Honored
Satisfied

One marriage
One divorce
Five deaths
Serious illness
Depression
Worldly possessions
All lost in fire

Sorrow
Heartbreak
Pain
Anxiety
Numbness

Where now was God
Who used to be
On my wall
In my pocket
In my brilliant mind
On my favored tongue?

I have found Him
All over again
In frailty
In brokenness
In new openness
With new eyes and ears
As a beginner

God is everywhere
In places I never looked before
In persons never noticed
In darkness as in light
In silence as in joy-filled sound
In suffering and in acceptance
In simplicity
In listening, and not talking so much
In not-knowing, and in faith and wonder

I am in awe
Humbled
I know Love
And am
Happy to be
Expert no longer

Simply
Christian
Believer
Christ-follower
Forever


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Camille (C D) Swanson 09/12/13
So powerful and beautiful!

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 09/16/13
Touching, powerful, thought-provoking
Well written
Laura Hawbaker 09/17/13
Loved the simplicity of this piece. Simple, yet so deep--uncluttered yet very meaningful. Excellent!
Margaret Kearley 09/19/13
How I love this. Beautifully and humbly written - from the heart, and so full of truth ... in our weakness, His strength is made perfect. Thank you for this - really hope this is highly placed.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/20/13
Congratulations for ranking 10 in your level and 11th overall!