It was the largest and most ‘perfect-looking’ mango I had ever seen. (mangos are grown in sub-tropic and tropical areas in my home state.)    As a child I often climbed up and ate one from our natural home-grown backyard tree. 

     This enormous and beautiful fruit I now held in my hand, sliced into perfect layers for several luscious desserts. 

      However, as I came to the large inner seed, it’s core was anything but perfect.   Strangely dark and distorted possibly even diseased, I knew this seed could never reproduce.

        It’s core had been stimulated to produce all OUTER BEAUTY and SIZE.

        Science and societal pressures are endeavouring to improve all God’s creative life.

  Even in human beings.      Outer appearance is celebrated with little or no concern about the inner.

         That’s why scriptural references to our hearts are important for us as pilgrims on the Way to


PSM 119: 57,58       YOU are my portion in this life I have said I will keep your WORD…… I entreated  Your favour with my whole heart.

PSM: 52:10 King David’s Prayer for forgiveness…’.Create in me a clean, pure heart. O My God.

Mark 10:33 The Scribe knew the scriptures.    He said to Jesus. ‘Love the Lord your God with understanding with your heart. Mind and strength and your neighbour as yourself.  

34.    Jesus responded : You have said right.   You are not far from the Kingdom of God.

Matt 5 8  H

      BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL S E E GOD;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘


Guard our hearts from pollutions and distractions in this world and may we with pure hearts LOVE You and love others. READ the Word and follow You until the day we see You face to face and meet together in His Kingdom.


About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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