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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: See Him There
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/17/10


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See Him there,
Our sinless Savior,
The Reader in the synagogue
Upon the Sabbath day.
From the very beginning,
He was God, and still He is.

Look carefully at His hands,
Hands that will touch
So many people
In need of healing,
Will multiply loaves and fishes
To feed the hungry multitude,
Will hold the little children
In love and tenderness,
Will wash with deep humility
The feet of His disciples
And will offer to them bread and wine
As symbols of His body and blood.
Those hands resurrected
Will prepare and serve a meal
Along the shore of the sea
For His beloved disciples.

Watch now as with
Those selfsame hands,
As yet unmarred
By cruel punishing nails,
He unrolls the scroll of Isaiah,
And He begins to read.

Listen to His voice:
Voice that will preach and teach
Of salvation for all mankind,
And of the way for man to walk
Pleasing to almighty God;
Voice that will calm the storms,
Will comfort and guide,
And even call forth the dead;
Voice that will make promise
Of an eternity
In heaven with Him
And will cry, “It is finished,”
To make that eternity possible.

Hear His words as he reads to all
Who are gathered there:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim
freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the
Lord’s favor.
*

Let your heart be thrilled
When you hear Him declare
That this Scripture is fulfilled
In their hearing.
Hold in your heart the truth
That the words the Reader Messiah read
In a time so long ago
Are meant for you still today.

* Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)


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Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/22/10
Nicely done! Interesting take on the topic. Enjoyed this.
Beth LaBuff 04/22/10
I love the way you direct the reader to "His hands," then describe the things his "unmarred" hands did in life… it brings a new light to His pre-cross work. You've used the senses beautifully in this free-verse poem. (look, listen, feel) Someday we will hear this voice… Beautiful work here!
Kate Oliver Webb04/22/10
Wonderful work here--yes, and beautiful too. It was a particularly inspired piece, and moved me deeply. Thank you for sharing this; it must have blessed your own heart on its way through to mine, because it was so well done.
Donna Wolther04/23/10
What a wonderful idea for the reader and a beautiful portrait of our Lord as well. I hope you place with this.
Barbara Lynn Culler04/23/10
Beautiful!
Sarah Elisabeth 04/25/10
Ah, I could sit and listen to this Reader all day! Thanks for this calming message
Loren T. Lowery04/27/10
I've always loved the way the New Testament reflects so truthfully to the Old Testament - especially from the book/prophet of Isaiah. I liked the way you had Jesus reading from the scrolls proclaiming Himself - if but we would only open our ears to hear. Wonderful job, as always!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/27/10
Very intense and beautiful. My only question was Jesus told parables and quoted scripture, He didn't read them, but of course we now have the ability to read His words.The poem is so beautiful and flows like a river. You have a wonderful way with words.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/27/10
Never mind my comment about Jesus reading, when I read your poem again I saw the scrolls. My tired brain missed it somehow the first time. It is truly beautiful.
harvestgal Ndaguba04/28/10
beautifully written. Love this Jesus.
Carol Penhorwood 04/28/10
Inspired!
Mona Purvis04/28/10
Reading this I can feel the love of the writer of her subject. Dear, precious, true, caring, deep and eternal.
Love this on so many levels.

Mona
Edmond Ng 04/29/10
Jesus is the only One in whom the Scripture is fulfilled in our hearing! Let us therefore be thrilled, and hold fast this truth in our hearts! Thanks for sharing this. Nicely written and touching hearts.