Bitter root of anger springing
Sown from seeds of sin and strife
Soul-defiling, trouble bringing
Choke and stifle, vital life
Terrifying prayer to pray
Search and know my heart, today
Grapes of gall, malefic cluster
Yield of wormwood's toxic root
No amount of strength, I muster
Can transform, or halt the fruit
Cure the wormwood and the gall
Lest from God's own grace, I fall
Root of venom and vexation
Growing, spreading, every day
Threatening a firm foundation
Snatching peace and joy, away
Without mercy, pierce and wound
Pour this gall, out on the ground
Shatter bands of dark oppression
From all terror, bring relief
Grant the faith, to take possession
Help my wretched unbelief
Nothing good of self, have I
Cleanse me Saviour, or I die
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled ~ Hebrews 12:!5
Grapevines have always challenged me, whether driving through Europe or owning my own vines. A few years back, I had two Black Hamburg vines which I grew in my polytunnel. They produced fruit, but it was bitter and small. I remember God using these vines and the fruit to speak to me. I find this painting by Lucchesi unique and mystifying. There is but one vine, yet it appears to be producing three different varieties of grapes. Not possible! It causes me to ponder again this week, the Tree of Life in Revelation which bears twelve different fruits. Oh God, teach me to abide.
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