“7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:7-10 KJV
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 KJV
The Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub that quickly grows to be about 10 feet tall and wide. It enjoys full sun and well drained soil, but will tolerate partial sun.
The pictures above were taken a few years ago. Right now they are covered with flower buds that look like tiny green peas that should be opening in a week or two. They are so beautiful when they are in bloom. Some varieties are fragrant, but mine are not.
As I was looking at the pictures of my mock orange blossom I was reminded of the Bible verses I have shared. Our God is the master of transformation. He takes dead looking stems and causes them to leaf out and bloom in the spring. He also takes our hearts that are stained with sin and makes them white like new fallen snow. The Holy Spirit creates new life in us that will also leaf out, blossom and bear spiritual fruit.
“Mock Orange” by Theresa Anne Moore
Petals as white as the snow
Stamens as bright as the sun
Stems from the ground quickly grow
Arching in form that will stun
Oval, green leaves will bestow
Life till its season is done
This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).
Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.
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