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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: Enduring Faith
By Linda Watson Owen
06/06/05


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In the silence of this moment in a country church I stand.
It was here forefathers met You. It was here they took Your Hand.
In these wooden pews they listened to the words You did impart.
It was kneeling at this altar each one freely gave his heart.

Simple weddings began lives here. Tears bid cherished ones good bye.
Growing children learned the Bible, ‘Jesus Loves Me’ side by side.
Now this little church stands empty in the shadows of tall trees,
but the names of those who worshipped here are whispered in the breeze.

Sending arrows to the future this small church has left its mark.
Once busy roads lay barren. Urban drift has done its work.
But roots and wings abound here. Some things can never die.
Though walls and roofs may crumble, true faith remains alive.

In the silence of this moment in a country church I stand.
It was here my father met you. It was here my faith began.


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Jan Ackerson 06/13/05
Wonderful! Your rhyme and meter were spot on, and the message was absolutely lovely. Great payoff at the end.
RENEE GREENE06/13/05
Beautiful poem. Flows wonderfully.
Carol Shaffron06/13/05
Your poetic gifting is evident in this piece. The ease with which if flows paints a marvelous picture in the few lines of the poem. One can see the church and the lives it touched in the soul's imagination as vividly as if one was there.
L.M. Lee06/14/05
wow...loved this!
Debra Bowers06/14/05
"Beautiful!" "Simply Beautiful!" I feel so at peace after reading this. You are quite a gifted poet!
dub W06/15/05
Bravo! This poem is so well done that I will ask some of my writing students to come on line and read it.
Glenda Race06/18/05
This beautiful poem imprints pictures in my mind--of the past. Let's remember Jesus' church, with no walls, is still alive today.
Shari Armstrong 06/18/05
A well crafted poem, very nice.
Suzanne R06/21/05
This is lovely, Linda. The sentiments, the way it flows ... it is great. Well done!