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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Prayers from the Pine-Sol Princess
By Donna Powers


'Twas the night before Christmas in a church made of stone
Sister Bessie was cleaning each pew, 'til it shone.

She straightened the hymnals and swept all the floors
She cleaned all the windows and polished the doors.

She prayed as she dusted, "please, Lord, show me now
A gift to the church I would give; tell me how."

When what to her wondering eyes did appear?
A crumpled-up prayer list to make her quest clear:

She’d pray for each name on the prayer list that night
She’d pray if it took her until the dawn’s light.

So humbly, she knelt at the altar and prayed
Her heart was so burdened; for hours she stayed.

"Oh heavenly Father, my thanks for Your love
And thank You for giving us grace from above.

Though I'm longing for heaven with anticipation,
I'm grateful for all of your lovely creation.

Tonight I am bringing these prayers to Your throne:
Please stay close to Harvey, who’s now all alone.

For all who are sick, like Rosella and Rand,
I ask You to touch them with Your healing hand.

Please be with Diego, whose mother has died
And help Charlie Jones as he struggles with pride.

The Waynes fear their marriage is splitting apart
And Caroline Winters has fear in her heart.

Please send out Your Spirit to lost souls like Mary
And stand right beside single mothers like Carrie.

Please help those in prisons; in nursing homes, too
And please send the rent for that dear Mrs. Woo.

Dear Father, I thank You and now say Amen
Please guide me in Your way ‘til we talk again.”

She’d given her gift and her heart was sincere
She’d prayed from the heart for those people so dear.

And though some may think that a prayer isn’t great
And can’t do that much to change any man’s fate,

The prayer of this servant brought healing and grace
And helped bring a bright smile to many a face.

Though they'll never know of her efforts that night
Her prayers for their burdens would help make them light.

So Godspeed, dear Bessie and bless you tonight.
Merry Christmas to you and to you a good night!

James 5:16b - The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (NIV)

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Catrina Bradley 12/14/06
Just a delight to read! What a great gift she gave, and what an awesome poem. Very well written. Great job!
Betty Castleberry12/15/06
I enjoyed this poem very much. It has perfect rhyme, and near perfect rhythm. Very well done.
Louise Fountain12/15/06
I'm a lover of poems, and I loved this one. Great flow, good read, nice job!
Jan Ackerson 12/15/06
Awesome title, and a perfect poem. Thanks so much!
Joanne Sher 12/20/06
Charming and lovely - and I adore the title. This absolutely warmed my heart!
Leigh MacKelvey12/20/06
I loved the poem. I liked the persoanl touch of using specific names and requests.
It read very smoothly and the ryhming was great, as well as rhythm. A poem doesn't have to have perfect ryhme or rythmn to be well written. Slant end rhymes are even more interesting than perfect ryhming these days!
Jen Davis12/20/06
“Though they’ll never know of her efforts that night
Her prayers for their burdens would help make them light.”

A real unsung hero. This was such a delightful poem. I also liked that you used individual names with each of their struggles. It made this piece more real. Well done!
Leigh MacKelvey12/21/06
Yeah, Donna ! Well deserved Ist Place! Great job!
Sara Harricharan 12/21/06
Congrats on first place, this definitely deserves to be there! I loved the title of this, and the story. Very sweet and touching, great job!
Thanks for commenting on "Mistaken War Hero"
Sue Dent12/21/06
This was so awesomely awesome! And a delight to read. Now for the highest compliment . . . very Kenn-like!! Well done!
Valora Otis12/21/06
Donna! Congrats on the first place. This is splendid! I loved every stanza. I esp. enjoyed your title. You are a very gifted writer. Bless you for this unsung hero's prayer.
Donna Haug12/21/06
I could almost hear it said 'sing-song' just like the original poem. Such more depth of meaning though! ;) Good work.
Dave O'Neil12/25/06
Donna, excellent job. Well worth the acclaim you are receiving. The ultimate unsung hero that speaks to anyone. Beautiful, and well written. I generally am not a big fan of poetry, but this one worked well for me.
Noreen Ophoff01/05/07
I was right there with you in that church, praying for each person. Congratulations!