Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Children Like Olive Plants

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Psalm 128: 3

"Unlike the palm tree, the olive tree stops producing fruit in its old age. This happens after about 50 years, but the tree doesn't die. Little olive plants sprout up around it. They produce fruit and grow until they hold up the old tree, supporting it from the wind and other elements.

In the East, children support their parents in old age, much like the little olive trees. To have children like olive plants around your table was considered a great blessing."


  1. Donna,
    I LOVE this one especially! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This imagery may have been what Zenos was referring to in his allegory of the olive tree concerning the young and tender branches.