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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: One Tiny Tender Shoot
By Sharlyn Guthrie
06/12/06


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From barren soil, drought-stricken, parched
one tiny tender Shoot appeared.
So plain and homely was its form
it was not welcomed nor revered
where men in sullen shadows marched.

Abundant sorrow shame and grief
bent the Sprout low to the ground,
so smitten and afflicted here
that even God most surely frowned,
making its earthly visit brief.

I saw through eyes blind and diseased;
I saw, and yet assumed the worst:
Death was the end –His just reward,
but of the dead He was the first
to end its curse, and God was pleased!

Abundant love coursed through His veins,
abundant pardon, mercy, grace
gushed from violent gaping wounds,
compassion dripping from His face;
Only His righteousness remains.

Broken and bathed in Jesus’ blood
my sins are gone, my sight restored!
The Bud, once stricken, scorned, despised
now stately, treasured, and adored;
once-thirsty soil quenched by the flood.

Abundant life and joy and peace
sustain my spirit, soul and mind!
I feast on Him, my daily bread,
And drink His water, milk, and wine…
abundant gifts that never cease!

(based on Isaiah 53 and 55)


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Stefanie Noonan06/15/06
You said so much in so few words. I love scripture coming alive through poetry. Thanks and keep writing. Stef.
david grant06/16/06
Yes. You brought this scripture to life not with obvious words, but with originality and courage. Worth a DAVEY, this one!
Helen Paynter06/16/06
A beautifully conceived and constructed poem. I love this - hope it does well.
Edy T Johnson 06/18/06
This is so exquisitely beautiful, I cannot decide which are my most favorite lines! I relish the selection of words, and how you put them to such good use in meter and rhyme to give your readers the picture of His abundant provision for us!
Lynda Schultz 06/19/06
Wonderful image presented here. Super job.
Sherry Wendling06/20/06
Sharlyn, this poem is captivating! Beautifully crafted, communicating your passion, worship, awe. It's a powerful stroke, adding that 'extra' line onto each stanza, making the reader pause to ponder. I treasure the line, "compassion dripping from His face," equating the flow of His blood with the springs of His incomparable love.
Bravo!
Sherry Wendling06/22/06
...And may I be the first to congratulate you! :-D
Trina Courtenay06/22/06
Awesome Job! Congratulations!
Trina<><
Jan Ackerson 06/24/06
Sharlyn, this is so beautiful! I don't know if you have PM service, so I'm writing you this way--may I use this poem in my church bulletin? You may either PM me or use my e-mail.
Julie Arduini04/03/07
This is beautiful, I can see why it placed. Thanks for throwing that brick!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/05/07
Excellent poem! I liked best the two stanzas that began with "Abundant." This truly has a wonderful message.