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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Flower of all Flowers
By Samantha Mackey


"Flower of ALL Flowers"


Garden. Peonies, Perennials, Daffodils and Daisies, Morning Glories, springing up into a beautiful landscape, Staggering, capturing one's attention, demanding to be recognized in its uniqueness, yet giving the sense of peace as it is enjoyed...

Pollen. The perfect food, nature's delight, taken from the flower. Containing in it, everything needed for man's survival. Extraordinarily, not able to be duplicated by man's laboratory...

Medicine. Herbs, spices, lily of the valleys. State of the art technology, only enhancing what God has naturally given in His creations...the ability to give us simple and effective means of curing diseases...how delightful!

Potpourri. Flowers of all types, sizes. Leaves, spices, herbs and oil. A delight to the senses, tantalizing. Painstakingly taken apart, each petal laid one by one in the creation process. The oil bringing forth the aroma...

Perfume. Frankincense, myrrh, resin. Fragrant, Captivating to the senses. An ancient symbol of death. Initially used to bury the dead and to anoint kings.

Weddings. Roses! Romance, love, hope, dreams. The perfect flower...

Jesus Christ.

The perfect "garden." Unique in whom He is, a perfect "blend", Son of God, Son of Man, beautiful to behold. Psalms 29:2 says, "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."

The perfect "food." Jesus says, "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world...I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger..." (Jn. 6:33, 35)

The perfect "medicine." He alone has the ability to heal us from life's woes, diseases and illnesses. The "Lily of the Valley" and the "Balm of Gilead"...All healing originate from His Hands. "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?" (Jer. 8:22)

The perfect "Oil." He is The Christ, the "Anointed One." When the travails of life "takes us apart", it is the "Oil" that anoints, us and makes our "true aroma" come forth. "...But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." I Jn. 2:27

The perfect "Perfume." He was offered up, the perfect sacrifice, a sweet smelling savour to the Father. True King, anointed for burial with Frankincense and Myrrh...."Now when Jesus was born...behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, `Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star...and are come to worship him.'...And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child...and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. (Matt. 2, 11)
"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment...Then said Jesus, `Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.'" (Jn. 12:3, 7)

The Perfect "Rose." He is the "Rose of Sharon." The rose, considered the most "perfect" of all flowers. This "Rose", given to His Bride, the Church, as a symbol of God's Love for us. Perfect Nature, All Man and All God. Captivating!

Flowers...given by God to enjoy. Jesus, given by God to behold.
He is the Flower of all Flowers!

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B Brenton10/11/05
I like it, But I saw food in the bottom part and it didn't correspond to the top, because there was no mentioning of 'food'. Nice relationships though.
Anita Neuman10/11/05
I really like your take on this. The top part reads like poetry - might I suggest breaking it up to look more like free verse, rather than paragraphs? The parallels at the bottom are beautiful! Great job on this!
Jan Ackerson 10/12/05
This is nice; it's just a very unusual format. Maybe alternate each parallel: flowers, Jesus, flowers, Jesus, etc. so your readers don't have to refer back to the top to see what the parallel is. Well-thought through. I'd like to see more of "you" in the bottom part; you're obviously a good writer.
Brandi Roberts10/12/05
I really enjoyed this. I'd have to disagree with Ms. Brenton, as there is correlation between the two in regards to food. I like the concept. Thanks for sharing!