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Judge Not

The congregation eyed him skeptically
     Long hair, a beard and sandals on his feet
Beyond his exterior they’d not see
     This rambler had just come in from the street

He blessed himself with the sign of the cross
     And joined fully in each hymn that was sung
It was soon apparent it was their loss
     When he greeted God with a gentle tongue

“Lord, You sent Your Son to roam on this earth
     His hair was long and to some seemed unkempt
And when He preached, insults were often hurled
     But He was not repelled by their contempt

“And so, Lord, I seek forgiveness for these
     Who cannot see beyond the clothes I wear
I’ll not be put down by those I displease
     I ask for forgiveness, make them aware

“That Your Son sported sandals and a beard
     I ask You judge them not as they judge me”
When the mass ended, the man disappeared
     At heaven’s gate his name’s on the marquis

Some of the congregation dwell below
     But the homeless man now sits by God’s side
For he had chosen love’s path to follow
     Appearances he did never deride

*For Jared's "At First Glance" Contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 3/14/2011 5:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Joe Flach's contest "Here Comes the Judge". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/13/2011 7:37:00 PM
    Joe apparently liked this entry, and so do I. Congratulations on winning in the contest, Carolyn.

  1. Date: 3/13/2011 12:36:00 PM
    You know I thought this was great and really needed a nice and sweet comment today I'm feeling sad today just don't know why.~LOTS OF LUV~Teresa

  1. Date: 3/12/2011 2:30:00 PM
    Yup we're just extaneous clumps of atoms at the core all part of the body of the Universe. Great winning write. [I think the BIG G with gather in all the "crumbs though ;)' there's a use for everything!] Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/12/2011 2:04:00 PM
    Oh my goodness Carolyn this is terrific and this is a well deserved win.Thanks for that very sweet congrats on my win with"CRYSTAL"~LOTS OF LUV~Teresa

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 7:43:00 PM
    A very deep and touching write dear friend, many congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 12:47:00 PM
    Yeah, i told you this is like one of my fav stories TOUCH OF THE MASTER....liked it very much and am so very pleased to see you gain a rightful wishes,,, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 12:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fifth place win in the contest of Joe, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 11:56:00 AM
    I love this remarkable entry for Joe's Contest, Carolyn! Of course one of the many I missed somewhow! My warm congratulations on your always awesome work, Seafaress! This is another for my Favs. List. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 11:25:00 AM
    Congrats on a well written, well deserved win, Carolyn. Awesome piece. Enjoyed. Nice going. Kudos to you. You and yours have a super weekend. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 10:06:00 AM
    Great entry, great story, great win. Congratulations Carolyn. i always look for yor name near the top. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 1:20:00 PM
    Well done, While one may be the most profound and earth changing judgment of all time. While other has found its wings in your words. P.S. The Munter knot is most commonly a climbers knot looped onto the carabiner for rappell and belay. watch out for twist though

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 2:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest, carolyn

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 1:43:00 PM
    Very Great, many tend to judge the cover of the book, while God reads and takes a look

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 4:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Paula Swanson's contest "Not As It Seems". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 9:27:00 PM
    Really a wonderful write and Congratulations on your win in the contest,,we seem always to judge someone and everyone on their looks so much,,this reminded me of the story of the beggar ,,but he turned out to be a millionaire to everyones surprise...Blessings..Cecil

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 5:49:00 PM
    A wonderful win for you Carolyn, with this great example for Paula's contest! I am not surprised, I loved this when I first read it! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 9:26:00 AM
    really great piece Carolyn, enjoyed in is a good strong resonating write enough of the smoke and mirrors! lets embrace the challenge.

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 7:53:00 AM
    Great write, Carolyn! Wish you good luck for Paula's contest!...Love, Gert

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 5:28:00 AM
    Good luck in the contest Carolyn. Wow! Paula sure like's doing contest's....:)