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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: Reading God
By Jeanette Oestermyer
01/29/07


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Reading God

To read Your word is to know You,
Your voice clear, filled with Your amazing grace.
I want to read You, see Your blessed face,
sense Your unconditional love so true,
to feel Your presence, mercy and glory;
from Your Heaven let me read Your story.

The Gospels tell an old well-known story,
how You came to earth as a baby. You
came to save the lost in all Your glory
if they would believe Your mercy and grace.
Sermons of Heaven, Father God so true,
yet more trials, anguish You must then face.

I walk terrain, look up, then eastward face,
go forth again, repeat the full story.
Will the world believe the Gospels are true?
Then if I tell them they need to read You
to understand Your free redeeming grace,
the home You have prepared for them in glory.

You died upon that cross, void of glory,
in three days You arose they saw Your face.
Would all believe in truth Your love and grace;
was this the end of the Gospel story?
I search paintings, see how others viewed you;
read Your word, hear Your voice know it is true.

You said You will come back some day; the true,
the faithful, take to their home in glory,
where they will spend eternal life with You,
each bright day they will look upon Your face.
They will know the meaning of the story,
how even they are saved by Your dear grace.

A sacrifice You made through saving grace,
You promised to come back forever true.
Always the same all come read the story,
a Savior who left His home in glory.
Those who believe will look upon Your face,
know Your word as I did they will read You.

Today I come before Your throne of grace,
love in Your face, Your mercy proven true,
I look up to glory, read the sweet story.


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Allison Egley 02/02/07
I really liked how the last lines and first lines of adjacent verses mirrored each other.

I'm not sure if there was supposed to be a rhyme scheme or rhythm to it, and if there was, I had some trouble finding it.

I enjoyed the message of this.
Jan Ackerson 02/03/07
Very good poetic structure. You've got a poet's heart, for sure. Work, perhaps, on more poetic language--simile, metaphor, imagery. That will make your already excellent poetry much more powerful.