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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Digital Detox (04/24/14)

TITLE: Sweet Hour of Prayer
By Margaret Kearley
05/01/14


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Sweet hour of prayer

It isn’t even breakfast time
but, with a sigh,
my eye falls on a filing tray -
and papers high
call like a petulant young child
with whining cry.


Reminder notes of emails that
arrived last night
for diplomatic answering
and wording right,
and urgent inspiration, ‘cos
deadlines are tight,


A cluster of awaiting bills
demanding pay
need access to a bank on-line
without delay
and I can’t put that job off yet
another day.


Long Minutes for deciphering
of meetings past,
targets to meet, phone calls to make,
I pause, aghast,
at cumulative PC tasks
arrayed, amassed.


Switch on! The screen awakens to
another day,
but ‘blazoned there, before my eyes,
on the display
a pertinent reminder, takes
my breath away.


‘Be still’, the words with power read,
‘Be still and know
that I am alone am God indeed’,
the tidal flow
of all those urgent pressing needs
begins to slow.


‘Be still’ before my God and King,
how can it be
that I could rush into a day
forgetfully?
I disconnect, leaving for now
technology.


There’s hidden manna in His Word,
rich treasure there
that feeds, restores my battered soul
with jewels rare
He draws me to His side in this
sweet hour of prayer.


The minutes pass, unnoticed are
the ticking clocks,
jobs wait, now growing fainter their
persistent knocks,
sweetest communion with my God.
Needful detox.


It is the time to re-connect,
in doing find
the peace and presence of my God
endlessly kind:
I face the day and tasks ahead
with renewed mind.


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Beth LaBuff 05/02/14
I love your fresh creativity with your line and rhyme scheme. You have many wonderful phrases, "jobs wait, now growing fainter their persistent knocks." The peaceful image here, "the tidal flow -- of all those urgent pressing needs -- begins to slow" is perfect! Super work!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/03/14
I love this absolutely beautiful poem. I tried and tried, but I could not come up with the creativity that looks so effortlessly written here!
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/04/14
A truly lovely poem with a powerful message.

Thank you.

God bless~
Tracy Nunes 05/08/14
If I could write poetry even half as good as this, I'd be thrilled. Awesome job and congratulations!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/08/14
Congratulations on so close to the very top of EC with this beautiful poem!
Lillian Rhoades 05/08/14
Loved this masterful creation and its message. your talent is showing.:-)
Catrina Bradley 05/08/14
Beautifully written, and oh how I can relate. Congratulations on your well-deserved EC.
Ellen Carr 05/08/14
Congratulations Margaret, on your 2nd place EC. Your lovely poem deserves it.
Joanne Sher 05/09/14
Just beautiful, Margaret. Your imagery is gorgeoup and gripping. Congrats!!
A B05/14/14
Absolutely wonderful and a good reminder. I trust you are well. Much love, Deb
Bea Edwards 05/14/14
Just loved how God stepped into the midst of the chaos.

Fabulously written and relevant. Thanks.