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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: The dead Lord
By M. I.
04/26/07


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Once a man died. At his wake, an observer noticed how many flowers there were around the coffin. The flowers were so abundant that they filled the room, spilling over the tables set for them onto the floor, hanging from the ceiling and around the foot of the coffin. There were roses, carnations, tulips, lilies, ornamental sprays like baby’s breath and bleeding heart. White daises and leafy stems mingled with unorthodox stalks of hollyhock and foxglove. Thyme spilled over a flowerpot’s edges.
To the man’s shock, he noticed wild flowers there as well. They were flowers of field, and weed, and wood: dandelions, Queen-Anne’s-Lace, honey-suckle, and gnarly wild roses. One bouquet had a tangle of sweet yarrow, and chamomile that looked like miniature daises. There were peach blossoms, apple blossoms, wild day-lilies, egg-and-butter, lambs-ear, fiddle-head ferns.
There were more than he could name.
As he stopped to study this bizarre array, he began to notice that not two bouquets were alike. Each one used a different set of flowers. Only one had lilacs, only one had ferns, only one had Black-Eyed-Susan’s. They were all unique.
The blanket of colors, and cunning of the array, made even the crudest of flowers look beautiful. The mixed scents mingled together and creating an aroma sweeter than any other he had ever smelled.
“What man,” he ejaculated loudly, “whom when he died, would have friends so rich and so foolish, that they would send such an abundance of flowers; none of which are alike, and of kinds which are a disgrace to the others?”
His neighbor, hearing him, turned with a smile.
“Sir,” he said, “you must not have known my Lord. He knew each of these flowers by name, and by scent, and he would go through rain and wind and thorns to tend to them.”
“It is a sad thing, then,” acknowledged the observer, “that your Lord has died.”
“Ahh,” said the man with a smile, “but He is not dead. He has risen.”


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Brenda Welc05/03/07
What a creative way to bring God into this devotional. Thought this was relly neat.
Paul Servini05/04/07
This piece grows on you with reading. Food for thought here.
Clarissa Barge05/04/07
Hello! I was a little confused on how the title related to the story and somewhat shocked at the ending sentence. However, I loved your vivid description of the many varity of flowers
it could lead to a very interesting devotional. I could be wrong though, smile!
Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 05/06/07
I get it--it's an allegory, and the flowers are...us!
Jacquelyn Horne05/09/07
Thanks Jan. I couldn't relate the flowers to the risen Lord. But you clarified it for me. It is a good story. I guess I'm just a little dense. There's no fault with the story here, just the reader.
Micah Widdis08/13/07
WONDERFUL!!!!! That is awesome Mand Ikens, I can't wait to see more from you. :D

~elisabethlu
Micah Widdis09/03/07
Hey Mand,
I liked this so much I told my sister she had to come read it! :) You are inspiring.

Hey - I posted the last chapters of Elisabeth-Lu. Feel free to check it out when you can!

Thanks a ton! Keep writing! :D

~elisabethlu