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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)

TITLE: The Aroma of Life
By J. C. Lamont


The aroma of life…the sweet smell of fresh hay and a mother’s gentle caress…fresh cut wood and a father’s love…roasted lamb and celebrations…incense and worship…river water and obedience…fish and friends…wine and laughter…alabaster oil and tears…death and mourning…sickness and despair…olive trees and betrayal…iron and rejection…the aroma of a life full of love and compassion, met only with cruelty and malice.

As a seven year old boy, with his hands in the soil, did he remember forming the first human being? At twelve, in the temple, did he recall the smell of incense wafting up to heaven from Solomon’s temple as he stood beside his Father’s throne? As he broke bread and sipped wine with friends, did the scent of fresh bread and the fragrance of wine evoke memories of his first communion, with his ancient grandfather, 2000 years earlier?

As he stood in the dessert, tempted by Satan, did he reminisce of his enemy cast to the earth, falling through space like lightening? As he prayed in the garden, with his eyes to the night sky, pleading for another way, did he remember calling every star into existence by name?

As he hung on a cross, built of wood from a tree he created, shedding his blood for people who hated him, begging forgiveness due to their ignorance and drenched in his Father’s anger, did he recall every name he had written in the Book of Life?

As he stepped from the tomb, with healed skin and scarred hands, did his first breath of fresh air, the fragrance of roses and lilies, remind him of when he walked in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the evening?

Could one tell their life story, just through the scents and fragrances so often taken for granted, if they stopped and took the time to breathe in the aroma of life?

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Sara Westhead10/31/05
Maybe a few too many questions. Needs a more solid conclusion.
Linda Watson Owen10/31/05
Intriguing, thought provoking.
Helga Doermer10/31/05
Interesting questions. Recently in reading a book on aromatherapy, I was quite surprized that the impact of the sense of smell was never mentioned. We do undervalue the sense of smell and yet there was a time when humanity depended on it for survival.
Sally Hanan10/31/05
How about the smell of CHOCOLATE? Would there be a life story there??? :)
Jesus Puppy 11/01/05
Very well put questions, makes one truly see the blessing of Christ in know whatHe gave up in coming to this world, and that out of Love... Again, very well done.
Jan Ackerson 11/02/05
I liked the way you told Jesus' life story through fragrances; I wish it had been sustained through all of the "questioning" paragraphs. Some of your questions contain fragrances, some do not. I think that'll be an easy fix, and then this will be a very creative devotional.
Nina Phillips11/02/05
Great questions, just makes you wonder about those things. Jesus taking in the whole of his creation..I think that it would not smell or look the same year after year with progress the way it is. Anyway, I liked this and it was aromatic in a way to read. God bless ya, littlelight
dub W11/04/05
I agree with those bothered by the compounding of the questions, while it might be stylistic, it still is bothersome in a short piece, we keep looking for conclusive answers. Thanks for sharing.
Amy Michelle Wiley 11/07/05
JC, I love it. Wonderfully beautiful!
Deborah Porter 11/07/05
JC, it just goes to show, a slightly negative comment or two doesn't always speak for the majority. The judges thought your entry was a very pleasing aroma and I join with them in congratulating you on your win in the Editors' Choice, as well as your 3rd place in the Level 3 awards.

Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)