The Passion Flower

Have you ever seen a passion flower? I did years ago, but that was even before I new the symbolism upon it.

Last year I ordered two passion flowers. Within weeks they were both dead (one arrived icky looking anyway). The company I ordered them through said they would replace one of them. Unfortunately, they were on back-order and they couldn’t be shipped until the following year.

This year.

Today.

I don’t believe it arrived TODAY by accident. I do not believe in coincidence, but I believe in a mighty God that knew what I needed when I needed it.

We got some kind of bummed news last night and more bummed news this morning. Changes are coming to the Paden household, changes that make me uncomfortable. I am aware at this moment I can make this positive or negative for my family. I choose positive. While my children know nothing of the changes coming (yet), I’ve already begun to prepare for them for it by speaking words of truth (scripture), “Even when we don’t understand, we have to know God has a plan and God can use anything for His good.” Then, hours a later a friend would send me that same scripture . . . sending me straight to the cross. I love a friend like that! We don’t have to talk daily nor see each other often; but man, a friend that points ya to the cross is a friend for life! Man I’ve got goosebumps!

Today, I needed to be reminded of truth. Jesus knew He was going to die for me on the cross. He did what He came to do. I can trust Him. He is my rock. My shelter. My all in all.

One day in the new future, my passion flower that arrived today will look like this, and I will remember the cross and His faithfulness.

Passion Flower (Passiflora) — Symbol of Christ’s Passion and Cross: including his scourging, crowning with thorns, three nails and five wounds. —Reparation Through Flowers

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<p>Passion Flower (Passiflora) — Symbol of Christ’s Passion and Cross: including his scourging, crowning with thorns, three nails and five wounds.—Reparation Through FlowersIn the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:* The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.* The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.* The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).* The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.* The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail* The 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).* The blue and white colours of many species’ flowers represent Heaven and Purity.The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe since that time. In Spain, it is known as espina de Cristo (“Christ’s thorn”). German names include Christus-Krone (“Christ’s crown”), Christus-Strauss (“Christ’s bouquet”), Dorn-Krone (“crown of thorns”), Jesus-Leiden (“Jesus’ passion”), Marter (“passion”) or Muttergottes-Stern (“Mother of God’s star”).—Passionflower: Etymology and NamesThe passion fruit is a vigorous, climbing vine that clings by tendrils to almost any support. It can grow 15 to 20 ft. per year once established and must have strong support.—PassionfruitEtymology: PASSIONlate 12c., “sufferings of Christ on the Cross,” from O.Fr. passion, from L.L. passionem (nom. passio) “suffering, enduring,” from stem of L. pati “to suffer, endure,” from PIE base *pei- “to hurt” (cf. Skt. pijati “reviles, scorns,” Gk. pema “suffering, misery, woe,” O.E. feond “enemy, devil,” Goth. faian “to blame”). Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c.; meaning “strong emotion, desire” is attested from late 14c., from L.L. use of passio to render Gk. pathos. Replaced O.E. þolung (used in glosses to render L. passio), lit. “suffering,” from þolian (v.) “to endure.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; His eternal power also, and divinity.—Romans 1:20<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

 

 

 

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