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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Home (01/09/06)

TITLE: The Fox Speaks--The Bird Speaks
By Jan Ackerson


He was the King of kings—yet in one of eternity’s most supreme ironies, He was homeless for a time. He had walked the golden streets of heaven—yet now he depended on the generosity of strangers for a place to rest when evening fell.

"Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Matthew 8:20 NIV

FOX: I dig for refuge from the blazing sun.
Beneath this desert bush, cool is the loam;
Protected are my kits when day is done,
Here they are nurtured, in this earthy home.

BIRD: Each stick, each twig, each wispy bit of string
I gathered every one, and built this nest.
Within an oak, my fledglings sheltering,
It is a home with downy comfort blessed.

JESUS: O fox, O bird, when I created you
I gave you each a perfect domicile,
A place of comfort—even though I knew
I’d lose my home in heaven for a while.

SINNER: My Jesus, it’s for my guilt that You died.
My heart: your home—forevermore reside.

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Pat Guy 01/17/06
I like the picture you have drawn here, and the creative way you have illustrated this verse. It's a simple message yet poignant, and thought provoking. 'My heart: your home...'

He left home to make my heart His home.

I really enjoyed this - it's different! :)

Shari Armstrong 01/18/06
Wow -this was really unique! I really enjoyed this :)
Julianne Jones01/18/06
A different approach to the topic. I enjoyed this but was surprised that it was so short - I expected to hear the fox and bird again. Still, am pondering the message - and that's good.
Cassie Memmer01/19/06
Wonderful message! He left the splendor of heaven to live in our hearts! WOW! Very clever writing.
Val Clark01/19/06
A really interesting look at the bible verse. What about one more verse which is Jesus' response to Sinner? Yeggy
Crista Darr01/19/06
Jan, I think this is beautiful. Reminds me of the verse, "When I was homeless, you invited me in." Wow, I never saw that before. Wonderul work!
terri tiffany01/19/06
I had to read this three times to fully understand and appreciate where you were going...and once I did(that's me being slow)I was awed that you took that verse and presented it the way you did. Great job!!
Jeffrey Snell01/20/06
Cool structure...neat way to take a well-known verse from God's Word and unpack it. Thanks!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/20/06
From the Title I got the gist of what this story would depict. Such a wonderful, unique way to pinpoint the subject of "home". The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords, and the Creator of all things...and yet he had no home while here on planet Earth! A well written and touching story of our Savior!
Linda Watson Owen01/20/06
How wonderfully creative! I never would have thought of developing such a pearl of poetry from that verse. Absolutely beautiful!
Maxx .01/21/06
I don't think you "went wrong" anywhere. It's a simple straight forward message. With so few words you can't get real fancy... so you delivered a nice lesson in a simple style. Good work!
Lynda Lee Schab 01/21/06
Creative and unique. You packed a very powerful message in such a short piece - and that takes skill. I don't think you went wrong at all with this one. Wonderfully done!
Blessings, Lynda
Suzanne R01/22/06
I'm always impressed with good poetry ... and am suitably impressed again. Wrong? Huh?

Beautiful words!
Debbie OConnor01/23/06
Jan, this is terrific! I had it pegged as a winner and I'm sure it was way up in the running. Delightful and very creative!
Karen O'Leary01/24/06
Creative piece. Good job. Thank you for sharing this with us. Best wishes with your writing.