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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: The Bench
By Carla Feagans
07/26/06


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It was his bench
The lone man in gray
And on it he sat
Day after day

His nose in a book
He rarely looked up
At the people around him
No ďHey there, whatís up?Ē

He was quiet and studious
At times he would smile
Sometimes heíd stop
To pray for a while

Children ran past
And couples embraced
The seasons would change
As he sat in his place

Day after day
He sat and he read
He prayed till he left
Then went home to bed

Never noticing sunsets
Or the birds or the flowers
Or laughter, or crying
He just sat there for hours

One day an angel
Appeared at his bench
He touched the manís shoulder
The man didnít flinch

The angel tapped harder
To get his attention
The man was enraged
And full of dissension

Wait! said the angel
I have something to say
The Lord sent me here
For youíve gone astray

ďHow can you say that?Ē
The man was aghast
ďIíve prayed every day
Been redeemed from my pastĒ

But you sit on this bench
With your nose in a book
You donít even see
You donít even look


ďBut this book is the Bible
Itís full of Godís word
You donít know what youíre saying
This is absurd!Ē

Ah, but I do
The angel looked sad
Youíre so busy reading
You forgot to be glad

And rejoice in Godís glory
His life all around
Interact with the world -
Godís blessings abound

God didnít tell us
To read and to yearn
Without then applying
The lessons weíve learned

Each day you sit here
Youíre wasting time
To show others Godís love
And let His light shine

He wants you to go forth
Be active, alive
Using Godís gifts
To help others to thrive

Your time is coming
Even now as we talk
Your purpose is out there -
Stand up, walk the walk!



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Stephen Paynter07/31/06
I really enjoyed this poem. I particularly liked the verse

"God didnít tell us
To read and to yearn
Without then applying
The lessons weíve learned"


This so neatly sums up such an important truth - one that especially readers like me need to learn, and keep on re-learning.

Congratulations on winning only 1 of 2 Daveys at this level! Well done!!
Joanne Sher 08/01/06
I liked this too - and especially loved the same stanza as Stephen did. Very thoght-provoking - and congrats on the Davey!!
Trina Courtenay08/02/06
I really like this! It was fun to read and gave an excellent lesson. Awesome Job. One of my favorites forsure.
Brenda Craig08/02/06
Absolutely delightful in every way. I loved this and what a lesson. God is about living life.
Phyllis Inniss 08/03/06
A sound lesson in a beautiful poem. Thanks for the reminder.