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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Home Group (11/29/07)

TITLE: Come Home
By Karen Wilber


Come home.

Come home with Martha and throw off your apron.
Jesus is teaching; come inside and sit down.
Put your worries away; Sit down beside Mary.
Forgetting your dusting for the dust of his feet.
Your work will still be there tomorrow.

Come home with Peter from Herod's prison.
Home where the faithful are praying for you;
Knock at the door and bring them an answer.
"I was lost, but you prayed, and the Lord set me free."
God's plan for your life is freedom in him.

Come home with John Mark in the house of his mother.
Where believers encourage the souls of the young;
Hear the good news; take heart in the fact that
Mistakes of your youth are forgiven, forgotten.
Barnabas comes now to encourage you.

Come home with Nymphas of Laodicea.
Where you meet in the midst of wealth beyond counting.
Account for yourself and repent; God is waiting.
Jesus stands at the door; hear him knock; let him in.
He will enter, embracing; Your new life begins.

Come home with Eutychus and study the scriptures.
Late in the night; when you've had a full day.
Stay alert, though you're tired, but don't sit in the window.
Lest you fall and become, to your friends, anecdotal.
Be awake to God's word and its message to you.

Come home with believers, who coming together
Bring fellowship, food, and a friendly hello.
Weep with each other or dance with rejoicing;
Sing, study scripture, pray; simply believing.
The door stands open; They're welcoming you.

Come home.

Scripture References:
Luke 10:38-41
Acts 12:1-19
Col. 4:15, KJV; Rev. 3:14-22
Acts 20:7-12

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Jan Ackerson 12/07/07
Beautiful poem, excellent use of repetition and word choice.
LauraLee Shaw12/07/07
This is very creative and well done. I love seeing the way you were able to take all those biblical scenes and put them in this format. Excellent!
Dee Yoder 12/07/07
Lovely flow of words in this poem. I like the repetition of the invitation to come home. Heartwarming and touching, with a little bit of humor.
william price12/09/07
Dynamic! Very well presented, both in message and construction. Bravo! God bless.
Joanne Sher 12/09/07
This is truly beautiful - I felt completely welcome in each setting. Lovely.
Temple Miller12/09/07
I love your phrases, especially, "Lest you fall and become to your friends, anecdotal." A great line!
Lynda Schultz 12/11/07
Beth LaBuff 12/17/07
Your Mary and Martha entry really convicted me. I've struggled with this over the years.

I think my favorite stanze is about Eutychus! I eagerly read waiting for the window comment. You've shown a great knowledge of Scripture with all of these. Very nice work/writing!!
Jan Ackerson 01/28/08
Karen, I really love this poem, and I'm glad I found it again in my search for Front Page showcase material. I plan to feature it for the week of February 4. Look for it on the FW home page...you're definitely one of out finest new writers!
LauraLee Shaw02/04/08
Congratulations on having this piece featured!!! It is magnificent!
Rita Garcia02/05/08
Congratulations Karen on being in the spotlight! Your writing gift shines!
Debbie Wistrom02/07/08
So glad to get to read this here. My favorite line is the same as the other commentors. Loved the Bible verse tie ins. Keep writing.
Joanne Sher 02/08/08
Just as beautiful and welcoming the second time around - and very, VERY well-deserving of a front page showcase. Wonderful.
Beth LaBuff 02/08/08
Yes, it's STILL a wonderful poem :) Congrats on being the FW Frontpage Showcasa Author!