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Topic: Blessed (11/29/04)

TITLE: Blessing: Non-negotiable
By Karri Compton
12/01/04

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Two herds of camels, goats and ewes traversed the hilly land
ahead of Jacob, Rachel, Joseph, and their massive band.
In fear he sent his animals on up the road ahead
to pacify his brother who was sure to wish him dead.
Alone that night, when everyone in Jacob’s camp was gone,
he wrestled with an angel in the darkness ‘til the dawn.
At last the angel injured Jacob’s hip, one final blow.
“Unless you bless me now,” said Jacob, “I won’t let you go.”
In struggling with God and man, he surely overcame.
God’s blessing fell on Jacob, calling Israel his new name.
From Peniel he left that day, his walking now impaired;
he knew he saw the face of God, and yet his life was spared.
And so they met, two brothers with a trying history.
But Esau was forgiving, greeting Jacob favorably.

Oh Father in the heavens, I exalt Your holy name;
for yesterday, today, eternally, You are the same.
In prayer I implore, and ask of You repeatedly:
Send down Your power in my life for everyone to see.
I’m staying here before You now until the blessing’s mine,
to take with me into the dark where Jesus’ light can shine.
Please help me, Lord, and strengthen me to do Your will each day,
so that Your name is greatly glorified in every way.

Karri F. Compton


Member Comments
Member Date
Debbie OConnor12/08/04
I like the way you turned the story into a prayer here. Good job.
Lucian Thompson12/09/04
Karri, you did a great job with rime and flow. Enjoyable submission.
Jodi Hodge12/09/04
Great job. I enjoyed this very much.
Delores McCarter12/10/04
It was very clever. Great job.
A B12/10/04
I enjoyed your poem ... I've tried my hand at rhyme but just don't 'have' it :) You are very talented! Deb
Diane Johnson12/10/04
Karri, I LOVE this account of Jacob and the Lord. How beautifully you portrayed it. Thank you and God bless you!
Phyllis Inniss 12/13/04
You are blessed in being able to convey in poem the story from the bible and link your prayer to it. Everything flowed so easily.