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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Oil poured out
By Leslie Schonfeld
06/10/09


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To some I may seem like an insignificant bottle of oil. One that any young woman might possess. She looks at me differently. She knows my contents are precious. Each day she wipes the dust from me, keeping me clean. She tenderly anticipates the day I will be used. It will be a momentous day. That day her life will change. I will be empty then but her life will be full.

Today must be different. I wasnít returned me to my normal place. Odd, I donít see any celebration preparation. There is no sign of any ceremony. This is not at all what I expected. Why are we heading into the marketplace?

We are approaching a door. I can hear murmuring inside but it doesnít appear to be anything special. These are just men having dinner. The one she is approaching does seem to be exceptional. What could she be thinking?

Wait, this isnít how I thought it would be. She has broken me. My contents poured out on His feet. I am empty. She is weeping. Her tears having mingled with my perfumed oil. Her hair has massaged the oil into His feet. Arguments erupt among the other men in the room. They claim my oil is wasted. I want to go back to my shelf. Why did she do this? Could this be all I was destined for? I am broken and empty, my contents apparently wasted.

He is speaking. His words silence the grumbling of the other men. There is great power in his peaceful voice. He said I helped in preparing for His burial. Ah, Iím starting to understand this is an important day. My contents were not wasted on just any man. Even thought I am now empty, I still feel full.


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Janice Giesbrecht06/12/09
What an interesting perspective! I had actually had shivers by the end - good ones. Thank you!
diana kay06/13/09
how original telling the story for the point of view of the bottle containing the oil!
Mildred Sheldon06/14/09
How unique and such a powerful lesson in using a bottle to tell the story of empty and full. Thank you so much for sharing this unique perspective.
Emily Gibson06/16/09
Brilliant example of the theme. well done!
Deborah Porter 06/19/09
Hi Leslie. I just wanted to leave a quick note to congratulate you on your 2nd place win in Level 2, and to let you know you also did extremely well overall, ranking 28th out of all the entries for the week.

It was a big week of entries, so you really deserve an extra pat on the back. If you would like to see the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=25956

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Now it's time for you to move up to Level 3.

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August. Itís going to be an amazing time of inspiration, information and encouragement. (If Iíve already mentioned that to you, forgive me. Weíre just so excited about letting members know about this great gathering.)
http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)