I am the Real Vine and my father is the Farmer.
He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes.
And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.
You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
Live in me.
Make your home in me just as I do in you.
In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine,
you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
I am the Vine,
you are the branches.
When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic,
the harvest is sure to be abundant.
Separated you can’t produce a thing.
Anyone who separates from me is deadwood,
gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.
you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.
This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

John 15:1-8 (The Message)

Pruning is painful.

Nothing about cutting sounds comfortable.
The dead must be removed.
Jesus says I’ve been pruned by the message.
If I’m comfortable does it mean I haven’t heard the message?

I need to be cut.
I must be cut back.
To rid myself of excess.
To get back to the business of producing.
I need to be producing.

It sounds painful.

God shows who God is through production.
In production I am blessed with God’s presence.

I need to be pruned.
I will be cared for gently.
I will produce again.

Pruning is painful.

To Capture a Moment: A Journey through Lent


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