22nd June 2013

I Am The Vine

 “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…By this My father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
John 15:5-7 (NKJV)
 

We have a large willow in our garden and it often drops twigs and small branches.  After recent windy weather, I noticed quite a large branch high up, clearly loose, disconnected from the tree and swinging out of sync with the rest of the tree. 

At first, it was difficult to distinguish, because it was still quite securely hooked over other branches up high, out of reach.  Now that the tree is filling up with leaves, however, it is becoming easier to spot, as there will be no summer foliage developing there! 

It reminds me of our need to stay connected to Jesus so that the life-giving sap of the Holy Spirit flows through us to make His life in us evident to all.  But if we ever find ourselves somewhat disconnected, there is hope for us.  Unlike for that branch, we can reconnect, as is shown by the parable of the Prodigal son!  That branch on our willow tree is now past help, but the lesson from the parable is that we can be wholly restored, brought back into the loving relationship with God. 

Prayer
Lord, thank you that you understand our frailties, watch over us and restore us by your life-giving Spirit.
Amen
 

Study by Shirley McLean

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shirleymclean About the Author:
Shirley McLean and her husband, Duncan, attend Grace Communion Church Luton, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where they regularly contribute music.  They run a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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