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Poetry Challenge 2014


Keith Wallis

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Where everything is perfect

 

 

the imperfect is king

 

 

difference is celebrated

 

 

and the lonely find a home.

 

 

Where everything is perfect

 

 

there is no need for grace,

 

 

for grace becomes homeless

 

 

when perfection is achieved.

 

 

Thank you God for imperfection

 

 

for there You find me

 

 

and there Your grace

 

 

has purpose.

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In the presence of our enemies

 

 

we fear not what will be

 

 

a table full of food is there

 

 

and pleasant company

 

 

protected by the hand of God

 

 

his hand and ruling rod.

 

 

They see but cannot touch

 

 

us as we feast and praise

 

 

sing our songs of joy

 

 

his own banner raise.

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This is how we know what love is

 

 

a tender kiss

 

 

placing of a ring

 

 

the cry of a new-born

 

 

and a kindly smile

 

 

helping hand

 

 

words in season.

 

 

All these are expressions of love

 

 

but the greatest is the giving

 

 

of a life for others

 

 

and the highest was when

 

 

Jesus hung on the cross for us.

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Covenant still sings,

 

 

Our firm commitment to one another.

 

 

Love your neighbor as yourself,

 

 

And never forget your spiritual brother.

 

 

For the precepts that we follow,

 

 

Are the commands from a Loving Heart.

 

 

Back to Eden we must venture,

 

 

Following God back to the start.

 

 

For it's in 'Creation Story',

 

 

That we find out who we are.

 

 

It's where God first planned our journey,

 

 

By His word, our Morning Star!

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Do not give the devil a foothold,

 

 

Or he will surely try,

 

 

To tempt you and implore you,

 

 

To get you on his side.

 

 

His mastery's temporary,

 

 

As any would already know.

 

 

For his end is in the lake of fire,

 

 

In the abyss is where he'll go!

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To tempt you and implore you,

 

 

the devil's such a cad,

 

 

he'd rather we forsake God's good

 

 

for the slightest shred of bad.

 

 

If he feared that final fire,

 

 

one'd think he would repent.

 

 

But no, he's so much stuck on "I",

 

 

he's blinded--what a wretch!

 

 

___________

 

 

I do not like name-calling, but somehow

 

 

telling the enemy off, indirectly, seems right! !thumbsup!

 

 

Reminds me of the old Rich Mullins song:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvSXT0p2OyU

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He'd rather we forsake God's good,

 

 

Leaving us in a tangled mess,

 

 

rather then at the gates of heaven.

 

 

By forgiveness we are redeemed,

 

 

given another chance,

 

 

once again our rags cleansed.

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" Rather mind your own business!",

 

 

than busy bodying around,

 

 

my own is enough for me

 

 

but sometimes I dabble and get it all wrong

 

 

exclamation marks come to mind

 

 

and an out of key song

 

 

but love still does endure

 

 

you will be glad to know

 

 

and I've put us back on track

 

 

so for the next poet it's

 

 

still so easy to go.

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My own is enough for me

 

 

That I desire to give it all away

 

 

Because what I thought was mine

 

 

Belongs to God this day

 

 

This life was only borrowed

 

 

One I didn't deserve

 

 

Because I chose to take the broad road

 

 

From the narrow I did swerve

 

 

Yet God had his eye on the sparrow

 

 

That could be bought for a penny

 

 

Jesus paid the ransom

 

 

For my sins that were many

 

 

By going to the cross

 

 

To show what sin becomes

 

 

And the many who're still lost

 

 

Will be found next time He comes

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