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The Flavor of friendship


Have you ever heard of the old saying, ‘HAPPY AS A POSSUM IN A PAW-PAW PATCH!”

And I have to ask, have you ever tasted a paw-paw?

Those of you that don’t know what a paw-paw is might enjoy this unique fruit.  Somewhat banana-like in appearance, this sweet fruit grows wild in the woodlands of the northern states and is absolutely adored by the varied and sundry wild critters that roam those same woodlands.

Opossums, raccoons, deer, and bears eat paw-paw when the fruit is ripe.  As far as I know, it has never been grown in a greenhouse environment.

Then we have peaches, pears, persimmons, cherries, and so many varieties of apples!  And let’s not forget the lowly plum!

So, so many fruits... enough to satisfy the taste of the most discriminating palate.

And just what in the world drove me to get on this rant about fruit? You might well ask... so I will tell you.


Yes, friends!

Such a variety of friends, and they are all yours for the picking

Some are sweet, like sweet cherries, and some are pucker-up sour.  Some are delicious, like golden delicious apples. Yes, so many kinds, types, and varieties.

What fruit would you be if you could be a fruit, any kind of fruit?  Choose one or several. That is what you are bringing to the table!

Most folks would not choose to be like a durian, and the reason why is the durian does not exactly smell good, but; even the putrid-smelling durian has its followers because once you get past the rotten meat, smelly gym socks stench, they are quite tasty.

So, what flavor are you?

Dear Papa God, help each of us to value our friends.  You have said in your word, “that if we would have friends, we must prove that we are friendly.”  Please let each of us begin this friendship thing with you.  Thank you, Daddy, for being our forever friend.  In Jesus’ wonderful name, we ask it, Amen.    

Charles Towne, Faith, Inspiration, Fruits, Friends


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  • Richardmvelho

    Yes, So many different types of fruits! Things like dragonfruit, even mangoes, or guavas seem exotic to me because when I was a kid, there were only apples, pears, cherries, and citrus fruits! types of friends are like that also, I think it is called situational ethics, if I am moving, I will call my friends who own pickups and those with strong backs! If someone hurt family or a loved one, I would call those friends who don't mind bleeding or having to go appear in court! If we are very lucky, we have a variety of friends of all different flavors who are sufficient for any imaginable situation!

    As for your durian fruit, can't say I have ever smelled or eaten one. I looked them up and they seem to be indigenous to southeast Asia and when I was there, mostly I ate C-rations! If what they say is true, my friend, may I wish you a formidable head cold before you eat a big bowl of durians!

    Tuesday, January 24 Report this

  • Charles

    Richard, this is where that old saying, "A friend in need is a friend indeed!" comes into play. Praise our Holy friend, our God that He is always there when we need Him. You are right, the very idea of eating something that smells like rotten meat doesn't appeal to me either. Blessings on you old friend, Chaz

    Tuesday, January 24 Report this

  • Richardmvelho

    Ah yes ,my friend, we all, each and every one of us has that steadfast friend who is sufficient to any and every situation we encounter! Why do we have such trouble trusting His ability or even in asking for His help?

    Wednesday, January 25 Report this