Exodus 25:31-37 (New International Version)
“Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.
“Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.
Numbers 17:8 (New International Version)
The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.
Jeremiah 1:10-12 (New International Version)
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.
The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching [a] to see that my word is fulfilled.”
a.Jeremiah 1:12 The Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree .
Watch, O Lord. Watch over the Anglican Communion. Fulfill Your word. Uproot and tear down our false beliefs. Destroy and overthrow our idolatrous strongholds–Mammon, Baal, Asherah, Molech. Raise up prophets and priests who will hold up Your Holy Word and give glory to the Word Incarnate, Christ Jesus. We cry out for our church to be a bright shining sevenfold light. Amen.