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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: OF THORNS AND LILIES
By Crista Darr
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“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.”
Song of Solomon 2:1,2 (KJV)
Existing in the darkest depths of the valley, my thorns devour the land. The curse reigns, filling the earth with the stench of death and sin. I twist and writhe in my prison of stabbing fetters as the star halts its trek across the midnight sky.
Beneath the beams of the heavenly starlight, the lily is planted among thorns. He flourishes in this parched earth, blooming an exquisite white of perfect purity. His radiating light, emanating from within, shines on the thorns around me. I fight to remain hidden, lest the passions I hold close be consumed. Threatening my darkness, the lily becomes my enemy.
My brambles strive to choke the lily, clawing their way to enwrap him in a crown of thorns. The lily aches as he lovingly receives each thorn. These thorns are mine; I know their names – contention, bitterness, anger, and pride. Each barb digs deep into his heart, yet still he loves. I cringe now as I pierce him – this lily among thorns.
The valley, intent on extinguishing the convicting light, plucks him up by the roots. The perfume of the lily becomes one with the cedar, a sweet-smelling sacrifice. As the filth of every bramble is laid on him, I tremble in his shadow, tormented to see my own wickedness. The sun ushers in clouds of darkness to hide its face as the lily fades. Still, his love shines, drawing me nearer. Droplets of crimson nectar fall from petals of holiness, cleansing me. Sharing in his suffering, I am transformed into his image – a lily among thorns.
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