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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Dark Days, Bright Hope
By Karen Wilber
03/02/08


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O sing of those faithful God heard
Bound by sorrow, their joy was deferred.
Amid strands of the rope
Called despair, God threads hope;
And their bondage He broke by His word.

Sold by brothers inflamed by their feud
Life enslaved and imprisoned ensued.
Forgotten, ignored
He still worshipped the Lord;
And his family, from famine, rescued.

She knelt by the river that day
Her babe in a basket did lay.
How could she have known
That her babe, fully grown,
Would lead God’s chosen people away?

Husband, sons in a foreign land died.
“Call me bitter, not pleasant,” she cried.
But her daughter-in-law
To the Lord, she did draw;
“Naught but death will make me leave your side.”

Seven decades of exile revealed
For a people whose hearts would not yield.
Though His anger did burn;
He told them they’d return
Where His prophet had purchased a field.

In a furnace, the Hebrew men three
Were thrown, for not bending the knee.
The king looked through the door
Saw not three men, but four;
And praised God, in a royal decree.

The sky, it grew dark that strange day
Our Messiah, entombed did he lay.
Of his grave, have no fear.
He arose! He is here!
He’s the life, and the truth, and the way.

When the storms of life come with their rain;
When there’s fear and there’s doubt and there’s pain;
Fall back, be restored
In the arms of your Lord;
And His peace, shining brightly, obtain.


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Scripture references: Genesis 37-47; Exodus 2; Ruth 1; Jeremiah 32; Daniel 3; the four Gospels


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Deborah Engle 03/08/08
I enjoyed reading this piece. Building each stanza by referring to several dark clouds and their silver linings individually was an effective presentation. You expressed exactly the right elements of each event to reveal the story to the reader. Nicely done.
Patty Wysong03/10/08
What a neat walk through Biblical silver linings.
Sharlyn Guthrie03/11/08
Such an encouraging poem. I enjoyed the reminders of so many Bible stories with silver linings.
LauraLee Shaw03/11/08
I love it that you chose many stories instead of just one from the Bible. That was very refreshing. Well done! :)
Joanne Sher 03/12/08
Lovely, Karen - I love your little "walk" through Biblical history. Enjoyed this very much.
Dianne Janak03/12/08
I loved this poem.. well written and inspired... a keeper!
Sara Harricharan 03/12/08
Quite a few stories tucked in here! I liked the one with Ruth's story the best, it was my favorite verse. Nice job! ^_^
Debbie Wistrom03/12/08
So uplifting! I considerd the fiery furnace story for this topic. Great job with topic.
Jan Ackerson 03/12/08
Absolutely wonderful! These are actually limericks, but certainly not like most limericks one reads...I enjoyed these so much, and love that you found so many perfect examples of silver linings in the Scriptures. Fantastic!
Joshua Janoski03/12/08
The multiple Bible stories worked well. I love how you showed a dark cloud and then a silver lining in each. Thank you for sharing.