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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

 

 

Loving God


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30 NIV)


Help us, dear Lord, to have hearts that are free to love you as you have requested in your Holy Word.

Reveal to us any secret sin that may cause deception, thereby keeping us from loving you as we should.

Forgive us our trespasses through your Son, Jesus, and purify our souls.

For when our souls are pure and holy, our minds can think according to your Word.

As we meditate on your Word, we find comfort, hope, peace, direction, illumination, wisdom, knowledge and strength.

In your Presence, there is fullness of joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you loved us so much that you gave your Son, Jesus, to the whole world as part of your plan of redemption and Eternal Life.

Thank you Jesus, for the love you gave to each of us in that you went to the cross and you took our sins upon you, though you were without sin. You sacrificed your life in order that we may have the remission of sins and the gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for the hope of your promise that we’ll one day have the privilege of living with you for eternity.

We love because you first loved us, and it is your love that flows through us.

God is love and he who abides in God, abides in love, and God in him.

Help us love you more and serve you better than we did the day before.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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