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Duane W. Udd

About this Christian Poet:
Duane W. Udd has been writing "Message Poetry" off and on for four decades. His writings include articles for magazines and newspapers in which he has also had his poems published. He has also worked for a Public Relations Company and Advertising Agency as a Creativity Consultant. His first book, A Tale of Woe or Zimbabwe O Zimbabse (ISBN 0–1 3706–147–23), was published in Zimbabwe in 2001.

From 1982 to 2002, Duane and his wife, Carol, were based in Mutare, Zimbabwe. They have shared in a pastoral, Christian educational and counseling ministry as well as overseeing a wide-ranging ministry of evangelism and relief and were instrumental in the creation of the first Family Aids Counseling Trust in the nation of Zimbabwe. In times past, he has been Chairman of the Mutare Ministers' Fraternal and Mutare for Jesus, has served on the National Executive of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and led the group, Intercessors for Zimbabwe. They have four children, two granddaughters and one grandson who are all, at present, in the United States working or studying. Currently (until there is a regime change in Zimbabwe), they are ministering Stateside in a variety of ways. Duane still reaches into Zimbabwe through London on www.swradioafrica.com on Tuesdays with his program, "Different Points Of View", in which he regularly shares poetry and observations on Zimbabwe.

What's So Good About Good Friday?

How can it be called Good Friday
     When the Prince of Glory died
Many must have thought it doomsday
     When earth quaked and tried to hide

Light fled from that dreadful moment
     As the veil and rocks were rent
God Himself was brought to judgment
     Till the wrath of hell was spent

Three full hours spent in pitch darkness
     Seemed to mock the triune God
Agonies endured felt endless
     Riven side soon soaked red sod

Shylock Satan lost his mandate
     Shed the Son's unsullied blood
Heaven scored eternal checkmate
     Christ released a cleansing flood

Flowing forth to every nation
     From the heart of God above
Streams of life and new creation
     Testify of endless love

Paradise regained forever
     By one supreme sacrifice
Covenant hell cannot sever
     Purchased at such awesome price

In the cross of Christ I glory
     Darkness flees from blazing light
Time bisected by His story
     Sees things now with second sight

We too now can see Good Friday
     From another point of view
Symbolising Satan's doomsday
     And our ultimate breakthrough

Copyright©2007 by Duane W. Udd