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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)

TITLE: Psalm of the Pepper
By Wilma Schlegel
07/31/14


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He has told us, "You are the salt...don't lose your saltiness."
I and His others are to bring more intensity to life
and to preserve it, as salt does.
But often I leave my shaker empty and the food
I offer is bland, who wants it?
I turn my face away from life that
is spoiled by the subtle entry of evil.
I offer no salt to preserve it.
And I begin to wither in my too loose connection to the vine.

My life is peppered with problems.
Those I have loved hurl accusations at me.
"You didn't teach me well."
"You were unclear."
"You weren't there."
"You are the problem."
I thought I was His, but I was not salty
and I have been afraid of the pepper
but the pepper came anyway.

"Lord, please forgive me!" I cry.
"Let me be salt again, do not cast me away."
He hears me and passes the pepper shaker to me.
"No, Lord, I wanted the salt." I start to draw back.
"Put it on your tongue" he urges me,
"Try it, experience it.
I am your strength. In Me you are
more than equal to any pepper I allow."

I feel it on my tongue. It burns hot
but not unpleasant.
It adds a zest and I want more.
I get out of my chair, out of my house.
I buy tickets for the roller coaster and I ride.
I am whipped around.
I love it.
I go to the ocean and let the waves knock me down.
I love it.

I speak to those I have loved.
My Lord gives me words and I say them.
His words are life and love-preserving.
I am not whipped around.
I am not knocked down.
I love it.
He is the strength inside of me
I am the salt of the earth.
and I've been taught to love the pepper.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/01/14
Excellent poetry from first to last. Your introductory stanza is a great lead-in to all the others.
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/02/14
Beautiful poem!

Well done.

God bless~
Joyce Krznaric 08/07/14
So true! "Pepper" certainly has its place in the Christian life. Very nice.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/09/14
This is beautiful and the timing of the message shows God's hands are all over this. I can so relate, I'm often afraid to taste the pepper. Congratulations on ranking 12 overall! Happy Dance!