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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: My Thirty-Year-Old Prayer
By Mariane Holbrook


I watched you walking down the aisle, your father at your side,
So regal in your bearing, every inch the perfect bride.
My son, at full attention, was enraptured by the view;
He said he’d never seen a sight as beautiful as you.

‘Twas more than thirty years ago, my son still in the womb,
When I’d begin to picture what he’d look like as a groom.
I wondered if the girl he’d choose to be his bride someday
Had yet been born and did she live quite near or far away.

So I began to pray for you, a little girl somewhere
Who might be blonde and blue-eyed or have soft, dark, curly hair.
I prayed that God’s protective hand would cover your small frame
And early on that you’d be taught to pray in Jesus’ name.

And when my son first went to school, so little for his age,
I swelled with pride when he was chosen to appear onstage.
Performing as Tom Sawyer, he put on a stunning show.
Were you there in the audience and did you even know?

I wondered what you looked like when you entered junior high.
Were you outgoing and friendly or perhaps a little shy?
Were you a model student who worked hard to earn all A’s,
Yet showed such grace beyond your years, accepting teachers’ praise?

I prayed for you in high school when the boys would hang around
And if they made advances, then I hope you held your ground.
When you went on to college then my prayers still followed you
That your strong faith in Jesus Christ would somehow see you through.

I knew my prayers were answered when I saw you standing there;
Together with my son I felt you made the perfect pair.
I had no way of knowing you the years we were apart
But someday I would know you by your pure and loving heart.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/15/08
This is beautiful and resonates with the prayers in my own heart for my beautiful daughter-in-law and how God answered them so perfectly.
Joanne Sher 05/16/08
Absolutely lovely. What an awesome piece - I hope you have someone to give this to (or will). As a bride, I would LOVE to read this from my mother-in-law. Delightful!
Lollie Hofer05/16/08
Wonderful story telling! Well-written piece. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Very creative the way you showed the progression of the years.
Kristen Hester05/16/08
This is so sweet. A perfect prayer for every parent.
Jan Ackerson 05/18/08
Wow, we might be looking at a "three-peat!"
Betty Castleberry05/18/08
Lovely rhyme and meter, but more importantly, lovely thoughts. I wonder how many mothers pray the same thing for their children? This is very well done.
Laury Hubrich 05/18/08
Wonderful writing!
LaNaye Perkins05/18/08
This brought a tear to my eye because it perfectly captures my feelings toward my own DIL's. Well done my FW friend.
LauraLee Shaw05/18/08
I'll tell you how brilliant this was AFTER I swallow the lump in my throat.
Joy Faire Stewart05/18/08
The poem flows beautifully as the story unfolds. Love it!
Karen Wilber05/18/08
When my eldest son was born, someone told me to start praying for his future wife. So I do, for both sons now. THIS is a keeper. So perfect, it's inspired me.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/18/08
What a sweet prayer! Nice job.
Dave Wagner05/18/08
Well done.
Debbie Wistrom05/19/08
Wah, Wah, my heart is filled with tenderness for you and your family. It gives hope for tomorrow.
Joshua Janoski05/20/08
I hope that my mother is praying this for me, and I hope that the girl exists somewhere out there.

Beautiful writing. I sense a winner here. :)
Beckie Stewart05/20/08
Wow, this is beautiful! Good reminder to us mom's to pray for our children's spouses.
Helen Dowd05/20/08
I guess we aren't to know who the authors are - on this FW challenge, but if I were to guess, I would say it was from a very good friend of mine, M. Anyway, it was a spectacular poem. It has the rhyme and rhythm so familiar to me, of this M. friend. But whoever is the author, I say EXCELLENT. The message was great too. I hope you are a winner! If I had been a judge, I would have chosen this poem as a first....Helen
Dee Yoder 05/21/08
I've prayed a prayer like this for my own son, Marianne. What a beautiful welcome to the family this is for any daughter-in-law!
Glynis Becker05/21/08
Brought tears to my eyes as I thought how I pray for my children this way -- and reminds me that I need to do it more often! Absolutely perfect!
Lyn Churchyard05/21/08
This is just delightful. If only more parents prayed for their children's future spouses. Wonderfully crafted, well done!
Sara Harricharan 05/21/08
Lovely! I especially liked the title, makes me think of my grandmother. Great job! ^_^
Cheri Hardaway 05/21/08
The title is perfect! I love it. This beautiful poem will resonate within the heart of any mom who has prayed for her children's spouses. Good job! Blessings, Cheri
Aaron Morrow05/21/08
Absolutely gorgeous poem! What a great message of confidence in His Plan for our children. Keep 'em coming!
Benjamin Graber05/22/08
Beautiful poem, Mariane... Congratulations on 8th place!
Pam Carlson-Hetland05/22/08
Absolutely beautiful, Marianne! A beautiful treasure to give a DIL and a good reminder to all of us parents to keep praying for that future spouse. Love it! Excellent writing.
Joshua Janoski05/22/08
This is soooo very deserving of an EC. Congratulations! I love the prayer. :)
LauraLee Shaw05/22/08
Okay, I swallowed the lump in my throat. Now all I can say is CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR EDITOR'S CHOICE. Sorry, I'll take my voice down now. So happy for you!!!!
Betsy Markman05/22/08
Wow, I can sure relate to the sentiments here! Good job.
Sheri Gordon05/23/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is beautiful.
Jan Ackerson 05/25/08
Mariane, I'm going to feature this delightful poem in the Front Page Showcase for the week of June 23. Look for it on the FW home page, and congratulations!
Linda Watson Owen05/26/08
Oh, precious friend Mariane! This says it all perfectly!Congratulations! What a gift you have for penning the thoughts of the human, and in this case, the mother's, heart! I felt exactly this way and God blessed us with a daughter in law who is truly a daughter to me. Blessings to you and your Spirit filled writings!
Truly blessed, waiting with faith and prayer, the results are awesome as our God is. God Bless you, Keep encouraging.
Joanne Sher 06/24/08
Oh, Marianne - absolutely BEAUTIFUL (I say again LOL) - and so deserving of the showcase. Brought a tear to my eye.
Beth LaBuff 06/28/08
Congrats Mariane, on having this showcased this week!
Rev. Bruce Rice06/29/08
A fantastic writing that fits my feelings for my son and his future intended. You were right on key... Thank you for this...
Bless you
Bruce Rice
Rebekah Bentley06/30/08
This is so beautiful. I hope that somewhere there is a woman praying the same things for me. What a treasure this is.
Karen Wilber07/01/08
This bears reading again and again. So glad this poem is being showcased this week.
Bonnie Buck07/03/08
As a writer, this is an awesome poem. As a mother, it is heart-touching and brings tears to my eyes as I think of the future spouses of my own children. Thank you for sharing!
LaNaye Perkins07/06/08
Congratulations on your well deserved showcase! Big hugs, Naye