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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: Trusting You
By Karlene Jacobsen
06/03/09


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When I turned to you
Your salesmen said,
“You’ll live forever—‘tis true!

He failed to warn
Of trials and cares,
Or of the coming storms.

In fact he preached
Quite faithfully
Of wealth and health—prosperity.

He placed his hand
Upon my head
And his prophecy began.

True blessing’s ahead
Thus says the Lord
Abundance He will shed.

Ne’er once did he say
Take up my cross.
Nor did he warn, I’d suffer loss.

I followed him tho’
Thru thick and thin,
It was the only way to go.

My faithfulness grew
With trust in a man
I’d risked ev’rything—including YOU.

‘Til the day
His health grew bad
And my faith could not heal.

I had been told
To just believe
My faith should be so bold.

To move that mountain
Laid hands on man
And called down that healing fountain.

All for his kin,
His friend and fo’
I prayed ‘til I was shoutin’.

The day then came
To say good-bye
I wept bitterly—in shame.

For I believed
With all my heart
My faith could bring him back.

Then from that day
My heart closed up
To men and all they’d say.

I could not hear
One more plea
To pray or trust in spite of fear.

But then You came
And challenged me
To search the Word myself.

To find the truth
Within that book
And hope in no other than You. .

You met me there
With open arms
And shared with me Your love.

You taught me Lord
To trust in You.
Test teachers against Your Word.

I began to grow
In strength and trust.
For it was You I grew to know.

Now in the quietness
Of my darkened room
My heart’s found sweet release.


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Colin Swann06/08/09
A good story in this poem. Thanks for sharing that Jesus is the best teacher.

Colin
Genia Gilbert06/08/09
A very good message here. The wrong voices can take us down some bitter paths 'til we find sweetness in Jesus. Good poem.
Bryan Ridenour06/09/09
Great lesson...Jesus hasn't promised health and wealth but He has promised that He will be with us and that should be much more comforting. Nice poem!
Mona Purvis06/10/09
I enjoy poems with short punchy lines and meter. This is easy to read and says alot.
Mona
Beth LaBuff 06/10/09
I like this format for your poem. Your "salesman" and all he promised you was quite interesting (and sad). I'm glad you kept searching.
Diana Dart 06/11/09
Impressive! I had a bit of trouble finding the rhythm at first - but I am SO not good with poetry. Overall, the message was strong and the voice was totally believable. You packed a lot into these lines.