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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: The Gospel in the Trees
By Linda Watson Owen
12/11/05


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Have you read the gospel trees?
Come with me and look at these,
these who weave the story well.
Turn the leaves, and let them tell.

In their first light golden hues,
tiny leaves tell quiet news
of the sunlight of God’s Love
reaching down from Heaven above.

Trees grow up, like you and me,
'til they’re full with leaves of green.
Closer now to hear their story.
one that brings our God the glory.

See! There stands the mighty oak,
a sermon strong for many folk.
Through the storms and winds of life,
deep roots hold through day and night.

Softy, see the willow there,
bending low in quiet prayer.
Weeping only lasts a day.
Willow, teach us all to pray.

Towering pine points to the sky
like a steeple rising high,
showing us the Heavens above
where we find the power to love.

Maples take a reddened hue
when the autumn time is due.
Red as Calvary’s setting sun.
Jesus loves us, every one.

Apples, pears, and sweets to suit
all bear witness to the Fruit
that the Holy Spirit brings
through obedience to our King.

Flowering trees are all around.
Magnolias grace warm southern towns.
Beauty fair that turns each face
toward the heavens’ sweet embrace.

Evergreens of fir and cedar
have a story for each reader.
Green that lasts the whole year through.
Life eternal for me and you.

Gather round and read the trees
as they dance upon the breeze.
Hear them clap in praise on high.
May we so joyfully glorify.



“…and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12b KJV


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Laurie Glass12/12/05
This poem is well written and simply delightful. The stanzas about the individual trees especially - outstanding. Great job.
Grace Sempa12/12/05
Wonderful writing.
Steve Clark12/12/05
I remember, as a boy, seeing the grandeur, the variety, the peaceful community of trees and you have captured their splendor in a perfect reflection of my younger thoughts. Thank you for taking me back to a more innocent time when I could lay under the summer boughs and ponder creation.
Marilyn Schnepp 12/15/05
A magnificent poetic reflection on Trees! Bravo! As a poet myself, I know how much hard work goes into making the rhyming flow...and it did! Beautifully! Great job of the subject with super poetic and talented ability! Kudos!
Cassie Memmer12/16/05
Lovely poem! What a story! I really enjoyed your work. Excellent!
Jan Ackerson 12/16/05
Just gorgeous! I'd like to see a group of children do this as a dramatic reading in church.
Garnet Miller 12/16/05
Great poem!
Pat Guy 12/17/05
What a play on words for your hint dear friend! And once again, you WOW us with your talent and insight! I knew this had to be yours! Absolutely - everything!