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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

By Anishka Deveaux


Daily, we go through life with cares of our own, overlooking the beauty of things that may appear as inanimate objects to us. Is it so bad that we canít take the time out to appreciate what is around us? Living on an island has given me the opportunity to indulge in the offerings of nature Ė the true creation of God. Now, I can sit back and relish in a life that lacks pollutants, such as smoke and noise.

The real pleasure in my life is being able to hear the trees whisper to me at night. The conversation that they have helps one to drift into a slumber that you can only thank God for. From my window, I am able to view the sloping hills and valleys of greenery. What amazes me though, is the similarities that we as humans have to the trees. We too were once seeds planted with the realization that we would grow into something inconceivable. The life that we live from birth to maturity depends very much on the nourishment that we receive both spiritually and physically. Similarly, the survival of the trees is dependent on the fertility of the soil that they are sowed in and their daily share of sunlight and water. Imagine this world without the trees, without you or me Ė the result - a place thatís desolated, colourless, odourless and lacking the presence of pure beauty. For every tree that has been planted on earth, each serves its purpose to mankind. Like every child that is born, I believe that they too have a purpose to fulfill in this life.

Despite our efforts to show how much we appreciate one of our main sources of life we are still being sustained by their presence. In our spiritual lives, itís also our challenge to show and recognize that our main reason for living comes from the Father who sacrificed His son that we may have life eternally, once we acknowledge his presence. The irony of this thing called life is that we have a Heavenly Father who continues to sacrifice his creations so that we may have life. The trees being a source for where we get our food, shelter and a major contributor to our income is still not a priority to us in life. We know that we have access to such things, but the thought of where they originated never crossed our minds. Itís a simple answer to this discovery, we have become to busy and self-absorbed with materialism that nature and its offerings only exists to those who are willing to take notice.

The source of our strength is derived from what we are fed, where we go, who we know and where we intend on going. The upward mobility of trees is to be admired. They grow and lean toward their source of nourishment, which is the sun. Therefore, the question is, ďAre we like the trees, reaching towards the sky which has no boundaries or limits?Ē Are we willing to lean on the everlasting arms of our Creator-who is the source of our strength and being? If only for a few minutes out of your day, take the time to appreciate the opulent creations that have been given to us freely and without charge-the TREES.

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Sandra Petersen 12/13/05
Some good meditations but each paragraph could be tightened up. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence with all the sentences in that paragraph supporting the topic. Likewise, all paragraphs should support a main topic as established in your first paragraph.
There are so many good thoughts here that could be developed even more. Keep writing. You have the depth of thought required of a writer.
Marilyn Schnepp 12/13/05
I agree. The lack of paragraphing bogs down the Reader - and a Writer's goal in life is to write for Readers to read and enjoy. There are many beautiful thoughts here, and with shorter, tighter paragraphing it would grab the Reader and hold them; but with time and effort these things will come - Keep Up The Good Work...and God BLess.