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

TITLE: Harmonics
By Randy Kosloski


Picture God as music, a symphony that plays in the background of life. People can choose to accept that music without ever taking that symphony in People could live day to day, being inspired by its creative flow, and life giving energy, while at the same time never truly acknowledging itís affect or its importance to the everyday life. You could simply do as your own will directs you, enjoy the music allow your body and soul to be kept afloat by it, but never allowing it to penetrate who you are.
Imagine what it is like in that place. Life is beautiful because it is filled with the music that is God. You are able to go forth everyday living in that beauty and energy without ever living with it, connecting with it, and allowing it to move as music can do. Life is beautiful and inspiring in a way that you cannot describe because you choose to keep the music in the background. At the same time that life never really changes it never grows and become more beautiful because it is your own will that governs it and the music is left in the background, not allowed to spread and beautify anymore.

Now imagine that you are someone else living alongside that someone who is indeed living by his or her own will. Perhaps you are more vulnerable, a child maybe, and you watch this person live in ignorance of the music but you canít ignore it. But this other person lives comfortably by his or her own will, and while you are trying to emulate them you canít help but be swayed by the music in your weaker moments. So you begin to blame the music for causing your discomfort. You begin to hate it for causing you to sway from your goal of comfort, for causing you to sway from model of the people living by their own will. So you turn against it. You protest every note and haughtily dissuade anyone from taking any interest in the music because according to you it is that music that is making it hard for you to emulate the safe road, the road that allows you to walk according to your own will.

Imagine if you could tap into the music, live by it and let it fill you. What would happen then? What if you let it move you. What if you did not care what other thought of you and all you really cared about was connecting with that music? You would dance I bet, and you would ask others to dance. People would watch you and long to be the free spirited saint that you are, connected with the music of life touching everyone you met with the joy and love that sprang from that connection. You could inspire people to dance with you and a wonderful mosaic of all different people connected with the music could be created. Sure youíll make wrong steps, fall out of rhythm, maybe even fall down once in a while, and maybe get preoccupied and forget the music once in a while. But that connection and all the people that you touched through that connection will not let you forget the joy and love that sprang from it. The more people that join the more beautiful and connected the dance becomes, and the longer you dance the better you get at it, and the more people are able to learn from you, and the more rhythmic and wonderful the dance becomes. And life is indeed beautiful, not just for you but for all who choose to embrace the music

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Jan Ackerson 05/04/07
I really like the idea of the God-as-music metaphor, and you extended it in some very apt ways.

Written as it was in a hypothetical or conditional vein, it was a bit confusing to read...I wonder if it might be more effective written in a simple first person. Just something to consider.

Keep writing--you've got some wonderful things to say!
Donna Emery05/07/07
I found myself very moved by this, and I was able to let my imagination "see" and experience God this way. Great suggestion! I enjoyed this metaphor very much