Grace and Truth

In Carlsbad, California

At the remarkable Flower Fields, north of San Diego, the signature flower of the holiday season blooms boldly in its trademark red and green. Though it’s known commonly as a poinsettia, my wife and I have taken to renaming this plant “Azteccia,” reflecting its indigenous origins in Mexico and Central America and its having been cultivated for medicinal purposes in Aztec culture. While I’m not sure what name the Aztecs gave it, we know it wasn’t called Poinsettia until the 1830’s, named after an American diplomat to Mexico, who was an amateur botanist and sent the plant from Mexico to his greenhouses in South Carolina. It became popularized as a Christmas plant much later.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

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