I found this beautiful reminder of God’s wonderful gift to “whosoever will” while walking in our yard a couple weeks ago. It’s a must share…along with the Legend of the Passion Flower.
The Passion Flower has become a symbol of Christianity visually depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Historically it has been associated with Jesuit priests in South America during the early 17th century. The legend of the Passion Flower originated with a Mexican Augustinian Friar, Emmanuel de Villegas, who reported it in Europe in the year 1610. It includes the following:
* The Spiraled Tendrils — The Lash of Christ’s Scourging
* The Central Flower Column — The Pillar of the Scourging
* The 72 Radial Filaments — The Crown of Thorns
* The Top 3 Stigma — The 3 Nails
* The Lower 5 Anthers — The 5 Wounds
* The Leaves — The Head of the Centurian’s Spear
* The Red Stains — Christ’s Blood Drops
* The Round Fruit — The World Christ Came to Save
The flower is said to be clearly designed by the Creator to represent Christ’s passion. It opens and closes both revealing and hiding it’s mystery. The edible fruit (some varieties) is sweet and the plant has medicinal qualities. The Star of Bethlehem (half-opened flower), the 30 pieces of silver (round spots underneath the leaves), the vinegar sponge (the style), the Apostles (10 petals i.e. Twelve less Judas who betrayed Christ and Peter who denied Him) and the burial spices (fragrance) can also be found.
(Borrowed from Radiant Life Church)
A short update:
My DH and I had the pleasure of the company of several of our grandchildren over the past few days. We had three from Thursday evening until Sunday evening. It was wonderful to have them for an extended visit, but I was reminded why child-bearing and rearing is best left up to young parents. The two youngest wore me slam out…and they were very well behaved. I can only imagine how exhausted I would have been had they been a challenge. As I type this post I am listening to our first-born grandchild play the piano. She does so well. What a joy it is to hear her play. She and her brother are here to help the “old folks” out while Papa recovers from surgery. We are blessed!
My true love had surgery on his shoulder again today. His doctor said he has good mobility now. He will begin a four day in a row schedule of intensive physical therapy tomorrow and see the doctor on Monday. A continued physical therapy schedule will be ordered at that point. We are hoping this time around will be the big fix. (Of course we are…that’s a no-brainer.) At present he is kicked back in his new, plush chair and a half recliner and feeling no pain. The nerve block the anesthesiologist gave him before the surgery has not completely worn off, and he’s well dosed with pain medicine. I hope the block lasts well into the night.
My dear dad was readmitted to the hospital today with fever and a productive cough. He’ll receive three units of blood and IV antibiotics during this stay. We visited with him and Mom on Saturday…it was obvious he was feeling pretty rough.
My DH and I found a new church home closer to home. We joined last night. We’re excited about having a church home close enough for us to be faithful. It is undoubtedly the friendliest church I’ve ever visited or been part of. The dear pastor spent the entire day sitting with me while I waited for my DH to get out of surgery. He was a true blessing. Now I hope we can be a blessing to him.
That’s a wrap for this time…
Until next time…
Sacrifice is the true measure of love. ~ unknown ~