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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: Strike Up Your Gifts!
By Linda Watson Owen
02/26/06


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Oh Church of God, strike up your Gifts in full and vibrant Song!
Raise high an Orchestra of Light to thrust the Battle on!
A cry of need ascends the skies from every global shore.
Awake the Gifts our God assigns, and hear His Voice implore,

ďMy world is reeling in the throes of Evilís dark embrace.
This day My Church must stand equipped in Purity and Grace!
Take up the skills Iíve planted in the Life Blood of your souls!
Put into use the Gifts you hold to make a sick world Whole!Ē

We dare not sit in idle waste with instruments grown mute.
Lift now the Trumpet of Godís Word, advance His Holy Truth!
Breathe into Heavenís Hallowed Horns the willingness to risk
a life of ease and comfort soft to march where suffering is.

Take up the Drum of rugged Strength that cowers not in fear
but accents each advancing beat with Perseverance clear.
Heed not the lulling tempo of an enemy in stealth.
The Souls of those in need cry out for help from Heavenís Wealth!

Godís Spirit is our Leader Who knows best the Way and Need.
Follow only His command. No other temptings heed.
Lift high in Holy Chorus Loveís great Songs of Heavenís Help
for in our hands we hold the Chords; Deliverance, Hope, and Health!



ďGive us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory,Ö.Ē Psalms 60:11-12a (NIV)


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Laurie Glass02/27/06
A wonderful poem on such an important message. A good reminder to us all. And great job on the word choice.
Pat Guy 02/28/06
This is a Wow! poem. Timely, poignant, inspiring, and a tad convicting. It reminds me of the song, 'If We Are the Body... why aren't His hands reaching?' Great rhythm, easy flow and wonderful words. A joy!
Jan Ackerson 03/02/06
I love the musical metaphor throughout, which is enhanced by the rhythm of the poem. Excellent work!
Suzanne R03/04/06
This needs to be put to music and sung by the church.

EXCELLENT!
Shari Armstrong 03/05/06
Loved it -loved the musical images!!
Beth Muehlhausen03/10/06
Lovely flow and message. I felt the same sort of surge as when singing "Onward Christian Soldiers!"

Favorite lines: "Take up the Drum of rugged Strength that cowers not in fear

but accents each advancing beat with Perseverance clear."