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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: Drenched in Forgiveness
By Charla Diehl
04/10/13


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John baptized preaching, “Sinners, repent”
In preparation of Him whom God had sent
When asked, “What now, what should we do?”
John answered those baptized, “Live life anew.”
"Give to the poor your clothing and food
Share from your blessings--never be rude"
A splash, an immersion for changing of ways
To ready each heart to sing out with praise


"Don’t overtax, collect whatever’s appointed
Greed is offensive to Him, the anointed
Soldiers, don’t intimidate nor falsely accuse
Be content with your wages and never abuse"
John’s ministry pointed people to Christ
“Go, bear good fruit--or else pay the price”
In gentle splashes repentance occurred
John paved the way for Jesus, the Word


When Jesus approached the crowd by the shore
He asked to be baptized, though no sin He bore
From the splash of the Jordan Jesus emerged
While a dove descended, God’s voice was heard
He proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son,
I am well pleased with Him” -- together they’re one
John baptized with water, but then Jesus came
With the Spirit and fire, His children were claimed



Based on Bible references: Mark 3:10-14, Matthew 3:17 (NKJV)


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/13
This is so lovely the words just flow off the page. You make writing poetry look easy and I know it is anything but. I understand the reasoning of not having more punctuation, but I did feel myself needing to reread a line or two where I think a period or comma would have prevented that, especially in the second stanza. Overall the this is beautiful, the message is stunning. This has so touched my heart.
Laury Hubrich 04/17/13
You conveyed lots in such a short poem. Pretty awesome!
CD (Camille) Swanson 04/17/13
Simply brilliant! I adore this! God bless~