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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)

TITLE: Pain for Gain
By Holly Westefeld


Pain for Gain

I yield my heart to surgery by a sword which darkness hews,
Believing that its rending helps me light discern to choose.
Though penetrating pain, my riven heart completely fails
To match the agony of Christ's enduring driven nails.

I yield my mind, His exorcising scalpel to cast down
Imaginations which might mar my quest to gain a crown.
The purging of my mind is torment, yet it truly pales
Beside His crushing crown of thorns, inflicting crimson trails.

I yield my body, every blemish skimmed by His sharp blade,
Desiring most His image in my life to be displayed.
My skimming is no scourging, like His scars from whipping tails,
Inflicted by the leaders who retained their blinding scales.

I yield my life into His hands; By then 'tis but a sting,
For I know Christ's victorious in each and every thing.
Then, face to face, my Lord and I, all joy will prevail,
Our gain so worth the pain of sword, of scalpel, blade and nail.


"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." Heb. 4:12-3 NIV

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor. 10:5 NIV

"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 15:53-7. NIV

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Camille (C D) Swanson 03/14/13
Prolific! God Bless~
Terry R A Eissfeldt 03/15/13
This is brilliant, penetrating and beautiful.
Also season perfect
Thank you!
Bonnie Bowden 03/18/13
Beautiful and thought-provoking.
A B03/18/13
This is absolutely beautiful! The only thing I don't like about it, is that I never wrote it ;-) But seriously, it is moving, powerful and beautifully penned and I'm sure will be used by God to touch many. Well done and I think a contender for the ribbon.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/20/13
I think this is a beautiful piece of poetry. Poetry isn't always my favorite genre as it often feels like it is way over my head, but your piece touched my heart and opened my eyes. You did a grand job.
Kelli Hunt03/20/13
Wow. Glory to God!
A B03/21/13
I came back to meet the author of this exquisite poem.
I loved each stanza but these lines have stayed with me.

Then, face to face, my Lord and I, all joy will prevail,
Our gain so worth the pain of sword, of scalpel, blade and nail.

Beautiful thought!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/13
Congratulations on ranking 6th in level three and 14 overall!