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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: The Price of Peace
By Linda Watson Owen
06/07/06


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Christ stands before us,
silent, still,
in perfect, fearless grace.
We taunt and jeer.
Derision rules,
yet Peace is on His face.

His hands of mercy
now are bound.
Foul tongues are loose instead,
spitting sharp as thicket’s thorns
forced onto His head.

His back,
though bruised and beaten raw
by hands of kings and priests,
now bears the weight of sinful hordes
yet stands in utter Peace.

His brow bleeds tears of crimson deep
which robes Christ in their flow,
yet still He stands in perfect Peace
so we can surely know.

True Peace is not the gentle fruit
of meditative flight
but is the wine Obedience pours
into the darkest night.

Peace is not cheap.
It comes with cost,
adherence to God’s Will.
When one life proves, “Thy will be done.”
Peace shall that one life fill.

No, happiness is not the same
as deep abiding Peace.
Oft times while groaning in the pain
our hearts still find release.

For as the Savior stands this day
before all men of earth.
He proves obedience is the key
to a heart where Peace is birthed.


“But Jesus held his peace, and the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Matthew 26:63 KJV


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Helen Paynter06/09/06
Great poem. Flawless ( I think) in terms of rhythm and rhyme, and beautifully crafted. I love the message you drew from this verse. Good job - I hope this does well.
Suzanne R06/12/06
Lovely. I never think of His face as peaceful during the crucifixion and as He bears the brunt of the humiliation etc. And yet you have a point......
Edy T Johnson 06/12/06
I really relish poetry well done, and this is! My favorite lines:

"True Peace is not the gentle fruit
of meditative flight
but is the wine Obedience pours
into the darkest night."

You caught the essence of true peace, I think!
Jan Ackerson 06/12/06
"...No, happiness is not the same
as deep abiding Peace.
Oft times while groaning in the pain
our hearts still find release..."


How true this is! And how beautifully you write it! Another winner in my book.
Pat Guy 06/12/06
Perfect! Beautiful! Sweet.

Precious words for the suffering of our Saviour. Loving words for thankfulness to our Peace bearer.

Awesome!
Laurie Glass06/12/06
I never thought of a look of peace on His face during that time, either. Powerful message here. This poem flows nicely. Beautiful.
Anita Neuman06/14/06
Great job! Your wording flows beautifully. I would suggest grouping the lines (combining the broken-up ones) so that each stanza is 4 lines. It looks like it's going to be free verse, but it's not. Otherwise, this is a beautiful poem!
Sally Hanan06/15/06
This was fantastic Linda, and deserves its own place of merit in this week's entries.