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The Pomegranate of Love


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The spelling of pomegranate throws me, I want to spell it another way, “pommegranite” , which is incorrect.
However you spell or read it, don’t miss the delight within.
Why would a fruit such as this be used in The Song Of Solomon, incorporated into the ancient method of tanning in the city of Fez Morocco to this day, embroidered in the weave of the Hebrew Priest’s robe, used in decorating the Temple built by King Solomon and considered to be one of the fruit trees in the Garden Of Eden? The abundance of information would fill the pages in a magazine article or a chapter in a book. But I’d like you to consider a different aspect within the fruit and seeds.

Today was the first day I’ve eaten from the spicy-sweet seeds tucked within walls of delicate fiber, which are much like the grapefruit or orange pith. In the past, I  have used the pomegranate in floral design and once collected it from a lady’s tree while visiting family in AZ. I brought her gift home to dry and preserve for decoration. Seems strange that I would buy the beautiful, exotic, red fruit  year after year during the Christmas Season and set them in a bowl just to look at. I didn’t know how to use them.

The juicy seeds burst as I tried to dig them out a few at a time. Mm, each red, succulent, crunchy,  spicy-sweet seed dazzled my senses. Thirst quenching and satisfying sums it up. It’s not quite like the sweet tang of black raspberry. The pomegranate is far more delightful when eaten.

The healthful qualities derived when eating this fruit are quite beneficial. It’s filled with antioxidants, vitamins, bio-flavonoids and tannin. I immediately felt refreshed from the dry, sub-zero effects of wintry weather I had been out in this morning. I  became energized as I absorbed the essence from this marvelous fruit created by an Amazing God. And, it’s not forbidden!

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Some would say the pomegranate resembles a crown, it certainly is a fruit fit for a King. The exterior is like supple leather and protects the juicy delicate fruit and seeds within.

What if each jeweled seed in this Pomegranate of Love were that representing the Gospel. If we were to take the seed of the Gospel and plant that seed in the lives of others so they may come to know, love and receive Jesus as their Savior, then someday that jeweled seed representing their soul will adorn a crown, a crown given us one day. A crown humbly placed at  the feet of Jesus. He is the victor of our souls.

I treasure the things of God and hope you treasure what He has given us, s well. His commission to spread the Gospel to people in our life, the individuals we have a burden to pray for, call, write, visit and talk with about the amazing love He has for all mankind.

Remember the illustration of the pomegranate, don’t leave it lying around as I did in my lifetime… Share the fruit of the message of the Gospel, plant the seeds and reap the harvest.

 

And this is to my Father’s Glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples indeed.” (John 15:8) NIV

 

 

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Sowing Seed


sowerAbout this time of year, in the colder regions where  some of us live, many people come down with a case of cabin-fever.  You know, the blahs, doldrums, sick and tired  of this cold, dreary weather that is putting its damp on my style.  Among the remedies for cabin-fever  featured  on television  are construction projects, home improvement ideas and beautifully  landscaped displays resembling the Garden of Eden. I, myself,  begin to dream of the possibilities of what the planting season will bring and get the “green-thumb urge” to go out into the fresh air wearing my work clothes, gloves and boots and begin sowing seed.planting seed_upd

Jesus spoke of sowing seed that is of a spiritual nature but illustrated it so simply in the Parable of the Sower.  “As he was scattering seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:4-9 NIV

I thought about this passage many times before, but in regards to  the context of verse nine; primarily how much of a crop is produced. Recently, a friend spoke to me about my writing and the neighborhood ministry I had been working on for the past several years. She expressed how I had let it fall by the wayside.  I couldn’t get the phrase, “fall by the wayside” out of my mind so I  googled it . There in verse four of the King James Version,  I read a similar expression, “some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up.”  I’ve thought about the neighbors/readers who may have been  searching for Christ, and how I neglected sowing the seed of love. How many opportunities to reach out to them fell by the wayside? I’ve resumed writing and have gotten the “green-thumb  urge” spiritually  to  plant the seed of love by helping others in my neighborhood find peace, love and forgiveness through Jesus.

I encourage those of you  who read this post to think about how God may want you to sow seed. Do you sense an urgency to do something God has planned for you alone to do?  Perhaps you have a desire to visit the sick, work the line in a soup kitchen, donate clothes that you don’t need to those who have little,  or reach out to a neighbor.  Perhaps you have an emptiness within, the blahs or lack an interest in spiritual things? Are the activities in your schedule crowding out time that could be spent serving God? Do you hear God calling you to plant seed for his kingdom so it will produce a crop that is a hundred, sixty or thirty times greater than what was sown? Let’s get busy about his business of planting seed.

Father, help us make you our priority each day. Forgive us for missed opportunities and help us sow the seed you’ve given us while it still may be planted in the hearts of men and women.

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