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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: The Psalmist at the Gate
By Jan Ackerson
03/01/06


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Dear God, let me enter Your gate!
Thanksgiving makes sorrows abate;
Only You I adore--
I shall sing evermore,
A cleansed and redeemed reprobate.

Jehovah, I enter Your praise--
How holy are all of Your ways!
In a crucible’s heat
You refine and complete,
And You’ve numbered each one of my days.

My Father, I enter Your will,
So impatient for answers, until
You bid me to wait
As You sweetly create
For me—pathways—if I can “be still.”

O Lord, let me enter Your rest!
I long to be sheltered and blessed--
I’ve too many cares,
Disappointments and snares;
I’m crushed, overwhelmed, and distressed.

Sweet Jesus, I enter Your peace,
And here, let all thoughts of self cease.
In surrender divine
My will becomes Thine;
To You all my plans I release.

Now, Abba, I enter Your grace
Where You wash every tear from my face.
Unworthy, defiled,
And yet wholly Your child--
Your mercy and love I embrace.


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david grant03/07/06
This sounds like it should be an old hymn. I liked it a lot!
Cheryl Harrison 03/08/06
This is brilliant. I love the rythym. Such a beautiful picture of a soul going from lost to found, growing in relationship with the Lord and then finally entering eternity...fully accepted...into His glorious presence. Wonderful use of words. You are a very talented writer. Keep up the good work!
Susan Burkholder03/09/06
I received His peace as I read this. Thanks.
Val Clark03/10/06
Beautifully crafted work! Loved the structure of each verse and the unforced rhymes. Oh, how I long to 'be still'. yeggy
Deanna Wessel03/10/06
I also loved the rhythm...the rhyme...the feeling of old-fashioned worship. Good job!
Ann Grover03/10/06
This was a pleasure to read.

I enjoyed the journey.. from 'God' to 'Abba' -- Daddy, as the relationship grew. Beautiful, unforced rhymes... simple and profound.
Lynda Schultz 03/10/06
Absolutely beautiful in both form and message.
Lynda Lee Schab 03/10/06
Beautiful work, as always, Jan. Smooth flow with a wonderful message of praise. Who can ask for more? :-)
Suzanne R03/11/06
Just beautiful ... it really connects. Well done.
Pat Guy 03/11/06
Wow! Once again great writing. This is your kind of stuff Jan! A pleasure and a blessing to read. :)
Marilyn Schnepp 03/11/06
A lovely, poetic Psalm... Well done, and very creative.
T. F. Chezum03/12/06
Very nice. Such an easy flow with a touching message. Good job.
Kenn Allan03/12/06
I really like the way you tied "enter" into all the first lines. It is a difficult format to work with since three rhyming words are required for each stanza, but you pulled it off. Well done!
Sally Hanan03/16/06
This was beautfiul Jan, a strong testimony to all the God has done in your life so far.
Beth Muehlhausen03/19/06
Lovely and smooth - oh so smooth and flowing! I would never even try to do this, Jan. :-)

Very nicely done. A poetic masterpiece!