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  • A Trampled Rose

    1 posts, 1 voices, 865 views, started Apr 18, 2011

    Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:2  

      While in church one Sunday morning, I was introduced to the song, "Above All" written by Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche. I cried when we sang the chorus. In fact, for years, I could not sing the song without being deeply moved. I still can't.

      Crucified laid behind a stone
      You lived to die rejected and alone
      Like a rose trampled on the ground
      You took the fall and thought of me
      Above all!

      Just to imagine Christ, my comforter and best friend, was crucified, rejected and alone, touched me deeply. I myself was going through a time rejection and felt very alone, so the words of the song touched me deeply – realizing that Christ must have had some of the same feelings.

      The sentence, "Like a rose trampled on the ground," gave me such a clear word picture of what Jesus went through for us. One of the names of Jesus is "Rose of Sharon."

      One week, when my husband and I spoke at a Day of Prayer gathering, we sang the song again and the Lord gave me a new insight into the meaning of the song. When a rose is crushed or trampled, it offers a very sweet fragrance. Jesus is a sweet smelling fragrance. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are a sweet smelling fragrance to those who believe. I wondered what kind of fragrance we as Christians offer when we have been rejected and feel alone – when we have been crushed and trampled on. Mine is not always sweet. How about you?

      Lord Jesus, thank You! Thank You that although You are above all powers and kings, nature and all created things, You were trampled to the ground – for us. Yet being crushed, You were like a sweet smelling rose. You did it all for us. We ask that today and every day, when we feel crushed and rejected, a fragrance of sweet smelling rose would flow from our spirit so people would be drawn to You. Amen.


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