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

TITLE: The Fragrant Life
By Dorcas Walker
10/29/05


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Each life is a rosebush given to us individually to care for. Some may be bigger than others. One rosebush might be hidden in a corner while others may have a climbing rose that spreads everywhere for all to see. For true beauty and fragrance a rosebush needs to be cultivated and cared for. Then the sweet fragrance draws others to our lives.
As we work with our rosebush we come into contact with thorns. A gardener will protect his hands with gloves as he works among his rosebushes. We too need the daily Word of God for protection when hard times come. Pruning is necessary. Removing faded blooms and dead branches help to keep the rosebush blooming. So God, the Head Gardener prunes our life in ways to make us more Christ-like. Also important is the fertilizing process during the summer months to ensure continuous blooms. Spiritually, the Holy Spirit dwells within us continually to strengthen our inner man day by day.
Once a rose is cut and held in our hands we can truly appreciate the delicate beauty and fragrance close up. God chooses at times to cut a bloom out of our life. It is through the cutting times of life that we become a testimony of fragrance to others in ways that we could never imagine.


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Jan Ackerson 11/02/05
Well thought out and very true.
Linda Watson Owen11/03/05
Very apt comparison of a rose's fragrance to our witness for Christ.