“Let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.”
(Romans 5:3 AMP)

With the Holidays just around the corner I have noticed cranberries for sale in many grocery stores. Cranberry sauce is always on the menu in most traditional North American Thanksgiving dinners. Raw cranberries are one of the superfruits due to their high nutrient content and antioxidant potential. The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score ranks cranberries as one of the top foods. They are also great sources of Vitamin C and the essential dietary mineral manganese. Research has shown that drinking just 300 mL daily of cranberry juice may inhibit bacterial attachment to the bladder to guard against bacterial infections of the urinary system.(1) With such great health benefits why wouldn’t everyone want to eat cranberries? The problem is that cranberries are too tart to be eaten raw. They are so sour and bitter they have to be blended with other fruit juices to decrease their severe tartness. Sometimes we have to drink down some distasteful circumstances in order for our lives to experience the benefits. God can use the very sour troubles that afflict us to develop the fruit of patience in our character but be “berry” patient because this process is not so sweet.

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry