An Abundance of Harvest

Persimmons. I love this fruit. There is an abundance of harvest for this fruit this time of year. We’ve lived in this little town/city for almost a decade now but I just got into the fruit-picking craze recently. There are u-pick fruit farms just a few miles around us and I love that fruits are available a few times a year — blueberries in spring,  oranges in summer, persimmons in the fall. In early fall, we go to neighboring states to pick apples. All throughout the year, we’ve taken our children to pick fruits. I truly enjoy this activity with them. It’s relaxing, it’s fun…it’s delicious.

Hachiya Persimmon

Persimmon is in season this time of year. It also happens to be one of my favorite fruits. There are several varieties of persimmon and I like them all! The Hachiya and the Fuyu varieties are the ones we usually get. My husband and children love the Fuyu for its texture and crunch. I am the only one who eats the Hachiya. I love the sweetness and how it feels like it melts in the mouth. It can get quite messy to eat so I am glad the children are staying away from it while I party alone with my Hachiya persimmons.

I have taken my daughter every week to get persimmons. The picking started in September and will end in November. When we went the other day, we walked around the farm admiring the trees, listened to the birds hopping and singing and to the loud crunching of dry leaves beneath our feet. The farmer had a dog which my daughter named Bingo. And as she trailed behind me she was happily singing the children’s song, Bingo, which was amusing and entertaining at the same time.

Fuyu Persimmon

The farmer had tables and tables of picked fruits right next to the trees. There was an abundance of fruits and although I would not call it heaven, it’s pretty close to it. 😉

Picking of fruits signifies the result of one’s hard work, the farmer. The bountiful harvest signifies the abundance of blessings. I can’t help but see a spiritual lesson in this experience.

Fruits of the Spirit

He tells us: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”. John 15:5

In order to bear fruit, we must abide in the One that brings life — like a branch connected to the tree. When the life-giving Spirit from Christ flows through us and into us, it produces the fruits of:

love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Dear God, from You, flows all good things. May we acknowledge Your presence in our lives. Thank you for giving us life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Always grateful,

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*This post is part of my 31-day Challenge: The Power of Gratitude Series. Click on the image below to be directed to my posts. Thank you for being here today!

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