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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Across Time and Space
By Shari Armstrong
08/21/06


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Across time and space,
God reached out to Man.
For He prepared a place,
To carry out His plan.

The plan was laid ‘fore time,
Before the light appeared.
Man would commit the crime,
Sin’s ugly head was reared.

To build an ark of wood.
A chosen man was told.
And the plan it was good,
For his family it would hold.

The sinful people died.
When the water came nonstop.
But when the water dried,
They landed on the mountaintop.

Back in times gone by,
The people fell from grace.
They built a tower to the sky,
But, it blew up in their face.

God scattered them abroad,
New languages they learned.
Though their plan, it was flawed,
For God, some still yearned.

Another stage of the plan,
A smaller ark was used.
A babe would become a man,
And of murder, was accused.

Although he led the way,
God’s plan was yet to come.
The people went astray,
Before they reached their home.

A Child would be born,
To a woodworker’s wife.
Even though she would morn
She praised God for His life.

He grew in strength and truth,
His Father’s work to do.
And taught, despite His youth.
And they wondered how He knew.

In that chosen place,
More than a man, He bled.
A cross held the gift of grace,
A cruel crown on His head.

Across time and space,
The plan finally made known.
On a cross He took our place,
So that we might go home.


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Brenda Craig08/25/06
Very lovely poem. Be careful it can get addicting, writing poems that is. You are right. His plan encompassed all of time and space. Before we ever were, He was. Beautiful!
Jan Ackerson 08/28/06
Excellent--I love the way you weave one thread throughout all of scripture.
Marty Wellington 08/28/06
Very succintly told story of God's plan. I enjoyed the rhymes and the images you captured. Bravo!
Jen Davis08/28/06
This poem flowed nicely. Well done.
Joanne Malley08/28/06
Very nicely done!
Virginia Gorg08/28/06
You covered much in a few words. Flows well and has a nice read to it. thanks.
Kevin Kindrick08/29/06
To be honest - I don't usually read poems - why this is, I'm not entirely sure. But I'm glad I read this one, with its powerful message.
Thanks for sharing.

God bless,

Kevin
Sue Dent08/30/06
Did I mention I like bricks. That way I can keep my mind on more important things. I too liked the common thread, incorporating your knowledge of story writing into poetry. Fun isn't it! ;)
Rita Garcia08/30/06
Shari, this is annointed, I love the winding path you wove through history leading us to the cross and salvation! One of my favorites this week!!
Joanne Sher 08/30/06
Loved this "journey" - what a wonderful piece. You should definitely keep writing poetry - I'll certainly keep reading it!!