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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: By Faith, Not Hope
By Al Boyce
05/11/06


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Empty, uninspired
Hopeless and afraid
Listlessly awaiting
Promises God made

Frowning with the effort
Working through our pain
Searching for the character
That makes our loss His gain

Our strength is always failing
Our hope, never enough
Until we learn the truth
The path to faith, is love

We raise the eyes we lowered
Avoiding God's great wrath
And look to see this morning
Who God placed in our path

The Lord is asking nothing
He hasn't done Himself
Just pour your love out daily
Let blessings be your wealth

We need not bow to Satan
That battle's long been won
Just turn our eyes to Jesus
Our love, to everyone

His grace is everlasting
His mercy infinite
Let us become his vessels
Through His Holy Spirit

When things are looking gloomy
When we're clinging to that rope
Let God's presence remind us
We live by faith, not hope.


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Linda Watson Owen05/11/06
What an intriguing approach to the topic! Well said! I love the meter you've used...how it slows the rate of reading down to fit the mood so beautifully. Love it all...especially this line, "Searching for the character/That makes our loss His gain". Great!
dub W05/11/06
Very well done, the prosody worked and made the poem flow. Thanks.
Jessica Schmit05/12/06
This is packed with truth. Great poem.
Purity Snowe05/12/06
Another very straight forward and simple poem that is packed full-o truths. Well done!
Maxx .05/12/06
Nicely done .. .strong word choices and the meter was right on. This really "felt" good which says a bundle! Great job!
Lynda Schultz 05/13/06
Excellent poem. I understand the message, but am sorry hope got a "bad rap". Well done.
Brandi Roberts05/15/06
Love, love, LOVE the first stanza. A great start to a great poem. There were parts I had to re-read to get the rhythm set in my head, but otherwise this was a great poem! Well done, Al!
Debbie OConnor05/15/06
I love the story behind this poem, Al. Beautiful work that points us to our one sure hope.
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/16/06
The first and second paragraphs are my fav. Well done!!
Linda Germain 05/17/06
So glad you followed the Lord's prompting and slid under the wire at the last minute with this terrific offering. Very nicely done!
Beth Muehlhausen05/22/06
Great title - and punch at the end.