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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Melody (08/24/06)

TITLE: India is Like a Melody
By Rebecca Livermore


Iíve heard it said that India is like a melody; once it enters your heart and mind, the pulsating rhythm of the song cannot be silenced. I didnít believe it, until it happened to me.

What makes India so appealing? It could be the brightly-colored saris, and the intricately embroidered tapestries. Lovers of aromatic spices wonít be disappointed by Indiaís cuisine, and the forts and palaces are stunning in all of their royal grandeur. But sadly, for many in the western world, Indiaís song is the enticement of something different and exotic on a spiritual level. Many who have rejected the truth found in the Bible still long for spiritual reality in their lives. Hinduism, Buddhism, and other ďismsĒ offer spirituality without the necessity of a savior, or an acknowledgement of manís sinful nature. When in India, my heart breaks for the many westerners I meet who are headed for spiritual retreat centers known as ashrams, in futile attempts to find the truth.

Westerners are not the only ones in India searching for enlightenment. All of life in India is driven by a desire to seek and know God, on some level and in one form or another. Before 5:00 a.m., the Muslim call to prayer rings out over loud speakers, calling all Muslims to bow to Allah. This happens a total of five times every day, and even those of a different religion cannot help but hear the call to prayer and acknowledge, at least internally, the masses of people bowing in submission to their God.

Not to be outdone by the Muslims, brash reminders of Hinduism call out from every dirt road, highway, home and marketplace, with a blaring cacophony that makes it impossible to ignore the reality of Indiaís Hindu majority. As I walk the dusty, garbage-strewn streets to buy groceries, pay the electric bill, or even surf the Internet, my senses are bombarded by chants, numerous Hindu deities prominently displayed everywhere, and the fragrance of incense as it wafts through the air. Unlike the western world, religion is not compartmentalized in India; it is fused into every breath of every day. In spite of their dominant presence, Indiaís majority religions fail to satisfy the deepest cries of close to a billion seeking hearts.

So why, as a Christian, am I enthralled by Indiaís song? Itís because I canít escape the reality of the 600 Hindus who die not every day, but every hour, without knowing Christ. As I eat with them, walk along the streets with them, and in the quiet stillness of the night look into their deeply questioning eyes, I also hear the song of the One who intimately knows each of us by name. Indiaís melody never stops, but neither does the redemptive song of the King of Kings who reaches out to each of us through the sweet melody of His love.

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Debbie Sickler08/31/06
You did really well with this! I could feel you being bombarded with their religion every moment of the day. I never thought about the influence of a country's religion on a newcomer quite like that before. Thanks for giving me something to think about. :)
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/01/06
It's so sad that many of the other religions do better at making God a part of their every moment than we who know the True God, do. Good entry! Thanks for giving us a taste of India, and reminding us to pray.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/02/06
You have given me such a different view of India than I've ever hearad. My brother (who does business there) told me "India is just wall-to-wall people"; and I, myself, thought of it as "answering machines for my bank, my computer company, my credit cards"...as all of these companies have shipped their jobs to India and they answer the phones". Thanks for enlightening me to another India...a much better one...one with a melody.
Teri Wilson09/05/06
Wow, I really enjoyed this piece. I will likely never think of India in quite the same way again. Your use of figurative language is outstanding.
Brenda Craig09/05/06
I am so glad I read this. And I agree, your descriptive language is outstanding. I could feel the sense of music everything seems move with. More than that, I could feel the Lord's heart and melody longing for India. Excellent job!
Shari Armstrong 09/05/06
Wonderfully written - and a portrait of how much prayer is needed for those on the missions fields.
Joanne Malley09/05/06
Articulate and informative writing. Sad truths lie behind the words of this piece as believers long to bring the truth to others. Great job! :)
Ann Grover09/05/06
Haunting... rich... informative... excellent writing... thank you for painting such a colourful, needful picture.
Joanne Sher 09/05/06
Wow - wonderfully written! A tale that must be told - and you tell it SO well!!
Jan Ackerson 09/05/06
This is so, so good! A piece like this, to a lesser writer, would read like a travelogue, but you made India come to life with your words.
Ann FitzHenry09/05/06
Wow! This piece was really eye-opening. I loved your first paragraph. It was very engaging and enticed the reader to keep reading! Great work on interpreting the topic!
dub W09/06/06
Intriguing description. I liked the first person present tense approach to the writing. I think you almost hit the theme and I was enjoying the Christian comparisons, albeit the restrictions of quanity in the rules stopped the insight too quickly. Well written, could grow into a major articles.
Sue Dent09/06/06
Well, thank you for this. Our neighbors, two houses down, are from India and just got back from their Summer in India. I often talk to their son on the different religions and he even got confused. Now I have a little more insight.
Donna Powers 09/06/06
Very moving and a true blessing. This gave me such a restful feeling, and inspired me to pray for this land.
T. F. Chezum09/06/06
Very well written. A very good read. A very informative picture of India. Good job.
Suzanne R09/07/06
India's melody is stuck in my mind too. I visited there 16 years ago, and still certain smells or music bring it all rushing back. So did your piece.

Have you read many of FW's own Karen E's pieces about India? Check them out - here is one to get you started: http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=45885