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The fragrant threshold

France & Vincent

“His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh.” Song of Solomon 5:13 “His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh.” Song of Solomon 5:13

There are lilies on the table today. I love them, beautiful things that they are. Resplendent flowers, impossible to ignore. Perfectly structured for their purpose, yet with a flamboyant, opulent grace and loveliness of form, to my eyes, unrivalled. There is something incredible in knowing their unprepossessing beginnings in the earth and seeing their glory unfold.

I have a particular connection to lilies, of course, through my name:

“…deriving originally from Middle Egyptian “sšn” (lotus flower), first reported on an 11th Dynasty sarcophagus dating from approximately 2000 B.C. However, the Hebrew root for the name for the lily, שושן is derived from the root שוש or ששנ, meaning “to be joyful, bright, or cheerful”, which is the basis for the word and name ששון Sasson, meaning “joy of life*”. The Persian name for lily is سوسن

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