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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: How Deep Is The Ocean?
By Mariane Holbrook


I dreamed my Savior took my hand; we walked by heavens shore.
Id waited for this time with Him, this One whom I adore.
I listened as He told me of the plans He had for me;
Twas clear Id not sit idly by for all eternity.

He asked me what would interest me, what things Id like to do.
I answered, What I want the most is just to be with You.
He told me folks were busy here, they didnt lie around,
But since Id just arrived, to take my time to settle down.

I listened as He told me all that Hed prepared for me.
Since heaven was so vast there was much more for me to see.
We talked about my life since Id received my Second Birth
And ministries that Id enjoyed when I lived down on earth.

He said Id serve in heaven and Id reign with Him on high,
But as He talked I bowed my head and soon began to cry.
I dont feel I am worthy, Lord, to rule and reign oer men.
When I was back on earth it seemed I sinned and sinned again.

Ive wondered how You could accept a sinful soul like me
To be Your bride, receive Your love so bountiful and free.
I did so much to cause You pain and wounded others, too.
I dont deserve to be here, after all Ive done to You.

My Lord seemed puzzled, looked away, then finally He said,
I dont remember any sin; I see My bride, instead.
I shed My blood for all your sins; Im not here to condemn.
Your sins are in the deepest sea and Ive forgotten them.

I laid my head upon His chest and tender was His touch.
I hadnt realized til then how He could love this much.
To think He took my sins and hid them in a special spot,
A place so deep and far away that even He forgot.

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Emily Gibson07/17/08
Breathtaking reassurance of Grace and a wonderful version of this week's theme.
Lynda Schultz 07/17/08
This one is special! I love itwhat a wonderful reminderand well done, too.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/17/08
This is an absolutely beautiful and perfectly written reminder of God's grace and love.
Helen Dowd07/17/08
"I dont remember any sin; I see My bride, instead.
I shed My blood for all your sins; Im not here to condemn.
Your sins are in the deepest sea and Ive forgotten them.
...How very wonderful. He has NO MEMORY of our sin. Then why do we remember things that we have confessed? We shouldn't, but often do...This is such a blessed poem...I DO hope it is a winner. But if not, then it certainly IS in my estimation, not that THAT counts for anything...God bless you...Helen
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/17/08
Beautiful. The meter staggered a few times, but that was overpowered by the powerful message.
Edy T Johnson 07/17/08
This is so sweet and tender, just like our precious Savior. The last line is just perfect to wrap it all up. I love it!
Sara Harricharan 07/18/08
Oh my, this is beautiful! Wonderfully crafted and of course, that last verse is my absolute favorite! ^_^
Linda Watson Owen07/18/08
There's no wondering why this is master's level! What a wonderful message and wonderful skill in every way to match it! Inspiring and absolutely lovely!
Joanne Sher 07/19/08
Absolutely lovely and poignant in every way. Wow.
Joanney Uthe07/20/08
Masterfully written poem with a powerful message. It is so hard to fathom the true depth of His love and forgiveness. Wonderful poem, my friend.
Lyn Churchyard07/21/08
Oh so lovely! You have pictured the Savior and His love and forgiveness beautifully. I particularly loved "To think He took my sins and hid them in a special spot,
A place so deep and far away that even He forgot."
Betty Castleberry07/22/08
I love this:

Your sins are in the deepest sea and Ive forgotten them.

I've never thought of it that way. This is REALLY beautiful. Five stars from me.
Lauryn Abbott07/23/08
What a lovely and reassuring poem. Thank you for sharing.
Chely Roach07/23/08
Mind boggling awesome...wow. I loved this.
Deborah Engle 07/23/08
How marvelous! A wonderful illustration of the hope and the awesome love of God that heaven will be for all that believe. Your 4th stanza was most touching to me. How do we dare approach Jesus with all our failures? Your answer is perfect!
Loren T. Lowery07/23/08
A testimony uttered in poetic terms that touch the heart in its delivery and truth. Simply beautiful!
Yvonne Blake 07/23/08
The truth that God DOESN'T remember our forgiven sins is so amazing to me, too.
Thank you for writing this.
Joshua Janoski07/23/08
You got me thinking about what my job in Heaven would be. You also reminded me of just how much God loves me and how far his grace and forgiveness stretch.

A very elegant poem. Not everyone can write poetry this beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Karen Wilber07/24/08
Lovely poem and a beautiful message of grace. I live near the water and I cherish the image of "the deep ocean" with our sins hidden there.
LaNaye Perkins07/24/08
This is just beautiful. I loved every line of it. Well done my friend!
Jean Thornberry07/30/08
Absoulutely wonderful! I was blessed indeed! You got right to the heart of our God- He loves us and has erased our sin. While spending time with Him, I heard him say to me, "Your sins I remember no more, and neither should you." They are gone! Thank you for sharing this. I think God will use this to free so many of guilt. We should never let Satan remind us of our past- when he comes knocking, slam the door on his face and don't listen to a word! Praise God. Thank you, Jesus. God bless you and your writing. Keep the faith.