Have you ever seen the flower from a passion fruit vine? They are absolutely stunning! I was at a friend's last week and she plucked this blossom off her vine and sent it home with me. Not only does it smell sweet and look exotic, but some research told me that it was named for the Passion of Jesus Christ by Christian missionaries in South America in the 16th century. This flower symbolized the death of Christ:
The five sepals and five petals of the flower, which are similar in appearance, represent the disciples without Peter and Judas. The double row of colored filaments, known as the corona, signifies the halo around Christ's head or the crown of thorns. The five stamens and the three spreading styles with their flattened heads symbolize the wounds and the nails respectively. The vines tendrils resemble the whips used to scourge Christ.
God's design is always perfect.
Praying today for: M.G. (11 year old hurt in auto wreck); T.J. (young mother with toxic shock syndrome - body is beginning to respond to treatment); N. (job); R.W. (loss of father); B.R. (infant in NICU, struggling to live).