Strawberry Pie

Strawberry PieAs the story goes, one day my mother-in-law was invited to a social event, a wedding shower I think, and one of the desserts was strawberry pie. This was one of her favorites, and her mouth watered as she prepared for that first bite. The top of the pie was covered with a sweet, red glaze that not only ensured that every bite would be delicious, but also provided a consistent color.

Then something went terribly wrong. When she stabbed the first “strawberry” with her fork, placed it in her mouth, and bit into it, ecstacy turned into horror. What she had in her mouth was not a piece of fruit, but a chunk of manure that had somehow been harvested with the berries, ending up in the pie, camouflaged by that glaze.

The “flavor” filled her mouth and attacked every taste bud. Bitter. Sour. Nasty. Horrible.

Sin is like that. It looks so good. We’ve tasted it before, and it was delicious every time. But ecstacy turns into horror. It doesn’t stay sweet forever. It’s like that manure, posing as a strawberry, just waiting for the right moment to reveal itself. And when it does, it brings bitterness and pain. Its destruction is horrible. It’s impact on a person, a marriage, or a family is sometimes irreversible and irreparable.

Strawberries 2Mother never again had a piece of strawberry pie. The experience was too traumatic, and she never wanted to face the possibility of that happening again . . . Ever.

If only we had the same determination to avoid sin.


Author: Paul Linzey

After pastoring in Southern California, I went into the Army as a chaplain. Now retired from the military, I'm focusing on writing, speaking, and mentoring. The overall theme of my work is Biblical Principles for Life, as applied to relationships, spirituality, career, and stewardship of one's life.

10 thoughts on “Strawberry Pie”

  1. Hello Paul: I enjoyed reading your piece, but, LOL- I can’t share it. I live in Plant City and the title drew me in, as our town is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. Since I write stories about many of our strawberry farmers, they probably don’t want this image in Focus Magazine readers’ minds. Your comparison to sin is perfect though. Keep writing!

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    1. Hi. I totally understand. DO NOT SHARE is good wisdom in this case! We are strawberry lovers as well. And we’ve been to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Though this was my wife’s mother’s experiece, I wouldn’t want that to keep anyone from enjoying strawberries . . . or any pie. Thanks for the encouraging words.


  2. I work for Driscoll’s Strawberries, so naturally I had to read “Strawberry Pie”. What a fantastic presentation of sin via parable. Thank you for your message.

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    1. Hi Robert. I truly that hope you and anyone else who reads this blog understand that I mean no harm to strawberry lovers and the strawberry industry. The fact that strawberries are so delicious is what provides the stark contrast in my my mother-in-law’s experience. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate that. And hope to hear from you again.


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