Fall lessons on life and faith from the story of the apple – Baptist News Global

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Hello, fall – tree planting season, learning, road trips and comfort food. Coming to a community near you, he paints the trees in colorful splendor and invites all of us to enjoy the earth’s bounty of fruits and vegetables.

Pumpkin Peace Display in Carmel, California.

Traveling anywhere to see these sites is food for the soul. In Carmel Valley, California, we enjoyed this artistic composition. In Mount Hood, Oregon, the sight promised beautiful things to come.

Fit the hood

In the fruit family, apples rank number one in American consumption, around 26 pounds per year per person. Red Delicious is the most popular of the 2,500 cultivars. We’re fortunate in Northern California to live near orchards, where people make the commute to buy fresh-picked apples, baked goodies, and refreshing cider (which, by the way, takes 35 apples for produce a gallon). Check the local areas for your own “Apple Hill”. Chances are there are some nearby to “taste and see that the LORD is good”. Or travel in a wheelchair.

The apple tree as a declaration of faith

Apples are believed to have been around for at least 750,000 years and were the favorites of the Greeks and Romans. The first American settlers brought seeds to plant in New England. Later, “Johnny Appleseed” (John Chapman) took them to nurseries and orchards in the Midwest. The popularity of apples has continued and in recent years growers in 32 states have grown them commercially, exporting one apple for every three apples sold at home.

My husband and I have an apple tree, and it’s a statement of faith. Several years ago, I walked peacefully to protest the controversial daily headlines (and I might still walk). I tried to keep a good attitude towards life and remembered the words of theologian Martin Luther: “Even if I knew that the world would fall apart tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree.

“My husband and I have an apple tree, and that is a statement of faith.”

So we planted a small but mighty dwarf Gala apple tree in our garden. As you may know, it takes a few years before trees actually bear fruit. I thought of it as an investment in future Thanksgiving pies, apple slices dipped in caramel, Waldorf salad, and healthy snacks, so it was worth it. Our tree is a visual for Luther’s quote, an encouragement to do the right thing even if it doesn’t make the headlines.

An apple one day?

What about the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? The Mayo Clinic states that “Apples (the original health food) are a good source of soluble fiber, which can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Fresh apples are also a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from damage. Vitamin C also helps form connective tissue collagen, keeps your capillaries and other blood vessels healthy, and helps iron absorption.

In mythology, apples are used as the image of love, beauty and wisdom. But the moral lessons of life in fairy tales and tales often choose apples as a mystical symbol or forbidden fruit. Learn more about famous apples and books on Australian blogger Paula Vince’s site.

Apples were once thought to be in the Garden of Eden, but it seems that this idea came from the paintings rather than the Bible. Italian Renaissance masters Titan and Rubens both painted “The Fall of Man” with Adam and Eve next to an apple tree. However, when the famous Michelangelo painted another version of “The Fall of Man” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, he (like the German Renaissance artist Durer) used fig leaves. , a more likely choice.

George Washington and apples

Parents may be familiar with a childhood story that tells of young George Washington’s father, taking him to an apple orchard on a fall day. It looks like this: “Now, George,” his father said, “look at our rich harvest of fruit! Do you remember when your cousin brought you a big apple last spring and how you refused to share it with your brothers? I told you then that if you were generous, God would give you lots of apples this fall.

George bowed his head as he remembered being selfish. His eyes filled with tears and he promised his father that he would never be selfish again.

Maybe (or not) he then cut down a cherry tree, which was created as another lesson – to tell the truth.

“Fortunately, when the first president was at Mount Vernon, there really was an apple orchard and Washington’s hobby was to prune some of the 215 trees.”

Fortunately, when the first president was in Mount Vernon, there really was an apple orchard and Washington’s hobby was to prune some of the 215 trees.

New discoveries

Isaac Newton also had an experience with the apple, one of the most famous anecdotes in the history of science.

“Young Isaac Newton is sitting in his garden when an apple falls on his head and, in a stroke of brilliant insight, he suddenly comes up with his theory of gravity. History is almost certainly embellished, both by Newton and the generations of storytellers that followed him. But as of today, anyone with access to the internet can see for themselves how a falling apple inspired understanding of gravitational force.

Cooler autumn nights often find me by a fireplace, reading or remembering the excitement of returning to class, both as a child and as an instructor to teach. calligraphy. Learning is fueled by lifelong curiosity, a very high characteristic of creative personalities. Which, according to George Land’s scientific research, includes just about everyone in infancy, but drops dramatically in adults.

It is a blessing to hold onto (or restore) this wonderful ability to wonder why, to ask for answers, to explore the truth. This often happens to adults who take the road less traveled and are willing to embrace loneliness to see what happens.

Another scientist, Albert Einstein, reportedly said, “Be a loner. It gives you time to ask yourself questions, to seek the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

For lifelong learners, fall is a great time to grab a good book and find a quiet spot near an apple tree, but not too close, or you might have your own apple story to tell.

Phawnda Moore is a Northern California artist and award-winning author of Lettering from A to Z: 12 awesome styles and projects for a creative life. Living a creative life, she shares spiritual ideas of travel, gardening and cooking. Find her on Facebook at Calligraphy & Design by Phawnda and on Instagram at phawnda.moore.


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