Timely blooming…

passion fruit

On this overcast Easter morning here in Haiti, as I sit with my coffee looking out my window I can see passion fruit ready to be plucked from its vine.  Since moving to Haiti, each year at this time, I’m very aware of this beautiful vine that winds its way across the chain link fence that runs between our yard and our neighbors yard bearing its aromatic fruit and these unusual blooms scattered throughout.

The passion flower…29995046_10215962648283696_1793472227_o

I’ve read and re-read the story behind this flowering bloom which connects it to Passion Sunday and the crucifixion, the suffering and death of Jesus.

While each story is slightly different, all agree that each part of the flower holds a symbolic meaning tied to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The most common excerpts to this interpretation of the Passion Flower and the Crucifixion….

  • The passion flower is the same species that Spanish conquistadors came to use as symbols to teach Christianity to the indigenous people of the New World
  • The five petals and five sepals of the plant were said to represent the 10 apostles who remained faithful, leaving out Judas, the betrayer of Jesus and Peter, because he denied knowing Christ
  • The purple corolla, a circle of hair like rays above the petals represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore
  • The three prominent stigmas of the plant were said to represent the nails used on the cross
  • The five stamens were claimed to symbolize the number of wounds in Jesus’ hands

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The crucifixion of Jesus was a part of God’s plan from the very beginning. Christ’s birth, His life and His death were for you and me.  As I write, it brings to mind the song… “Because He lives”

Mwen konnen L vivan
Map konte sou demen
Paske L vivan
Enkyetid mwen ale
Paske m konnen (wi m konnen)
Lap pran swen lavi mwen
Map konte jou pou l vin chache m
Paske L vivan

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know (yes, I KNOW)
He holds the future
And life is worth
The living just
Because He lives

How blessed we are because our Savior loved us enough to give His life for us.


 

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One Response to Timely blooming…

  1. Kerry Stengel says:

    Amen! Happy Easter!

    On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM Making Haiti our Home wrote:

    > David and Sharron Mathis posted: ” On this overcast Easter morning here in > Haiti, as I sit with my coffee looking out my window I can see passion > fruit ready to be plucked from its vine. Since moving to Haiti, each year > at this time, I’m very aware of this beautiful vine that winds its ” >

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