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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: The Final Exodus
By Crista Darr


The victorious shout of the archangel
And the trumpet’s thunderous sound
Proclaim the King’s arrival
On His Shekinah Glory cloud

In a starlight twinkling of an eye
I ascend to His embrace
With the hope of love that purifies
I behold my Savior’s face.

His billowing chariot leading
As it did through the mighty Red Sea
Before Him, the heavens are parting
As we cross into eternity

His cloud transforms before me
Into a blazing pillar of flames
Illuminating all infinity –
As the universe praises His name

Journeying through the boundless main
Of vibrant, cosmic glories
Purple stardust falls as glowing rain
Washing o’er celestial bodies

The arm of the galaxy stretches
Its splendor can never be told
Where the eye of no telescope reaches
Immeasurable beauty unfolds

Jesus, Creator, beholds the view
And with His voice of gentle streams
Says, “This is the place I prepared for you,
The blueprint – your hopes and dreams.”

While brilliant hues of rose cascade
O’er lights of golden strands
A door appears with the gentle wave
Of the Artist’s nail-pierced hand

Escorted into my resting place
There are pleasures forevermore
Because I trusted in His grace
And had faith in the risen Lord!

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Linda Watson Owen01/31/06
Absolutely lovely! And what a wonderful ending stanza! Thank you for this special poem!
Debbie OConnor02/02/06
"Illuminating all infinity –
As the universe praises His name"

I love it! All creation praises God through infinity (space and time). Awesome.

"Where the eye of no telescope reaches
Immeasurable beauty unfolds"

Beyond our reach, but so very real!

"This is the place I prepared for you,
The blueprint – your hopes and dreams."

This is beautiful. We don't exactly know what Heaven will be like, but I like to believe that what I like will be there--that unrealized dreams will be realized there. I'm not sure if that is exactly what you meant, but that is what it meant to me.

A lovely praise throughout. Well done! :)
Sally Hanan02/02/06
The ryhthm and flow of this was beautiful, and after all of that grandness and power it ends with such a simple truth, we need only believe.
I loved it.
Pat Guy 02/02/06
Oh Wow! Chills, chills, chills! I can't wait to read this agin! Absolutely beautiful! Wow!
Shari Armstrong 02/02/06
Wonderful images-well done.
Jan Ackerson 02/02/06
Lovely, lovely images.
dub W02/03/06
A beautiful poem with so much power and meaning. Numerous beat problems disturb the flow, while open and free verse need not be counted, it still must have rhythm. Nonetheless the content is well thoughtout despite mechanical flaws.
Maxx .02/04/06
Beautiful imagry, as always with your work, Christa. I would agree that this might fall a touch short of your usual extremely high standards. But a wonderful read none-the-less. Still touched me! Thanks!
Suzanne R02/06/06
Beautiful ... I especially love the colours that you paint throughout.

Although I hadn't read the hints as I browsed the entries (was waiting for my very slow computer to open up to the hints), I knew right away this was yours, Crista. (Maxx's comment above confirmed it.) You have a way with words that just blows me away, plus your focus on things that REALLY matter is a hallmark of yours.

Well done.
Julianne Jones02/07/06
You painted an incredibly beautiful picture with your well-chosen words. I could picture it so vividly and just enjoyed the way you brought in Biblical symbols and imagery. As Dub said, well thought out. Awesome.
Brook Phelps04/20/06
Your writing is incredible! I could buy an entire book of it and read it over and over again! Our Father has given you an amazing gift and I’m so excited you are using it to honor Him! Best wishes.