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A Forty Day Ordeal

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A Forty Day Ordeal

Forty days. That’s a long time through the wilderness. How did you resist temptation? Weaker men would have given in. One thing can’t be denied: The devil tried his best. That creature knows man’s weaknesses. He offered you a kingdom, but you steadfastly refused. It took every ounce of your strength. How did you hold together? It took a foundation of stone to keep you from crumbling. Onward, your journey took you. Never did you ever look back. Forward, ever forward. No retreat at all. You were the epitome of man. Strong, and never yielding. I could never be as strong as you. No other man could duplicate your feat. None could surpass your suffering. You knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. You found your way out of the darkness. The trail is blazed for us to follow.

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  1. Date: 3/6/2013 9:51:00 AM
    lovely uplifting piece, my friend - congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 10:43:00 AM
    love the story, the poem, and the inspiration this has for us all,,

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 5:26:00 PM
    Exceptional writing testifying to your wonderful faith, Robert...though the journey is long and treacherous He taught us how to survive...never promising us that it would be easy, but instead that He'd be with us to the very end. In faith we carry on in spite of the many falls...we rise. Love, Annalise Thanks for reading my poems, my friend.

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 8:01:00 AM
    This is a really cool poem about his 40 days of suffering in the wilderness. I bet it was about this time that it happened in the history of things too. Great time of year to post it.