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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: The Long Journey Home
By Johnna Stein
05/15/08


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Longing for home, yet feeling estranged.
I pray to my God, knowing Iíve changed.

Embittered by life, and feeling so alone,
Would He again show me the long way home?

Did they laugh at me, whisper in scorn?
I felt defeated, completely forlorn.

Famine threatened, so I followed my man.
A long journey to a prosperous land.

Two daughters-in-law; ten years of Godís grace,
My life blessed in that God-forsaken place.

Short-lived was my joy, long days I endured,
Widowed and childless, my fate then secured.

My sonsí dear wives had no future with me
I returned home to grant them liberty.

We walked arm in arm without speaking a word,
Our thoughts so loud, they could be overheard.

The pain of parting seared my heart into flame.
My selfish thoughts flooded my soul with shame.

Orpah bid farewell, kissed my tears away,
Ruth remained by my side, resolved to stay.

I argued and reasoned, without success.
No wise council could relieve her distress.

My God is her God, she boldly confessed.
Iíll remain with you, there weíll be blessed.

Iíll not leave your side, even unto death.
I am your daughter until your last breath.

Our return at Harvest, helpful indeed.
Hungry and destitute, sorely in need.

Ruth began to glean in Boazís field.
He ensured she gathered the maximum yield.

She caught his eye, then he heard of her deeds;
How she cared for me, fulfilling my needs.

Boaz favored her, protecting her life.
Could he imagine Ruth as his wife?

I certainly could and plotted the plan.
At the threshing floor, the romance began.

Boaz decided to redeem his claim.
As family, he could give Ruth his name.

Not first in line, he made a fair appeal.
The exchange of sandals secured the deal.

Ruth and Boaz, joined as husband and wife.
All three of us blessed by a brand new life.

I hold this small child and know itís His way.
Redemption has come and a brand new day.

My bitterness has ebbed, joy is my own.
God carried me, on the long journey home.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/15/08
I enjoyed the poetic retelling of Naomi's life.
Laury Hubrich 05/16/08
You did a wonderful job recounting the story of Ruth and Noami. I really enjoyed reading this.
Laury
Joy Faire Stewart05/16/08
I enjoyed this Bible story told in a poem. Excellent job with the subject.
Joanne Sher 05/17/08
Very nice telling of an absolute favorite Bible story. Enjoyed this very much.
Emily Gibson05/17/08
Well done poetic portrayal of one of my favorite stories.
Helen Dowd 05/20/08
How wonderfully told, was this beloved story of Ruth and her mother in law, Naomi--and in poetry form, no less. You did a marvellous job. God bless you...It is one of my favourite Bible stories...Helen
Joanne Sher 05/23/08
Congratulations, Johnna, on placing 29th overall. Great job!