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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: CAN YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/14/07


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Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like silverware clinking on china
By families dining together?

Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like giggles and great gales of laughter
From good-humored joking and teasing?

Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like running and jumping and shouting
Of children excitedly playing?

Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like low murmured crying and praying
By folks sharing each others’ sorrows?

Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like basketballs bouncing on pavement
By teens in exuberant challenge?

Oh, what is that sound that is coming to me,
Sounding like singing of grand hymns and praise songs
Of harmonies offered in worship?



Oh, I know those sounds that are coming to me.
They're the sounds made by Christian believers
As they gather for fellowship times.

Here they share in their love for the Savior
With a mutual faith in salvation
And the hope of a heavenly home.

And though this is something that I cannot hear,
I can sense the sweet Spirit among them
As He’s binding the body as one.


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Dee Yoder 10/18/07
This is lovely. As I read it, I could see an image in my mind of the events, and the sounds are so well described, I can hear each one. I especially like the last lines in which you tie these activities into Christian fellowship.
Janice Cartwright10/18/07
As I was reading your poem I kept thinking of God and how pleased He is to hear the sound of His people rejoicing in one another and in Him.
Joanne Sher 10/19/07
Lovely imagery, and a wonderful, wonderful message. This is such a blessing - I especially like the last two stanzas.
LauraLee Shaw10/21/07
Your ending stanzas really did it for me. Great job!
Mariane Holbrook10/25/07
I love the last 2 lines especially, Verna. I can see this every day in my own life as God brings people into my life, like you, my friend, who bring such joy and encouragement and fellowship every time we are in contact. You have it all nailed down perfectly in this wonderful piece! You're such a treasure!