Published by Deborah Negron
March 30, 2023
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
John 15:1, 5, 7-10
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.
For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
Let me be that branch oh Lord.
Let me be that branch.
Let me be planted by the streams of grace.
As mercy flows let my roots injest the life giving water that comes from the rivers of life you cause to flow.
Let my life so shine before others that their thirsty souls would be drawn to you my Lord.
Let me be a soul winner…
A fisher of men…
Lord let me fulfill your call and cast the line and draw others in.
Use my life Holy Spirit as a an instrumet that will cause people to see Jesus.
Let me be a disciple not a mere follower.
Let me be a participant in your unfolding story of grace.
Let me bind the wounded and be the hands and feet that go to these who need to hear the truth.
Lord you are the vine.
You are the Tree of Life. In you I am engrafted to be part of your vine.
I was a wild vine branch. Un-useful and dry and barren. Yet you have engrafted me in to the True Olive Tree.
You took me in when I would have died without hope.
Your mercy caused these vine to become part of your trunk.
Your loving grace allowed the fatherless to be adopted. You allowed the blind to see. The very ones who stood to be lsot forever were brought in to receive the sap of mercy. The nourishment of our souls.
How can we not abide in you. You drew us with chords of love.
These who rejected you were replaced by those whom you elected to engraft through the merots of the Cross. The forgiveness of sins and the righteousness of God.
Oh What Amazing Mercy.
You the Life Giver…
My Sustainer and my Redeemer and My Only Hope.
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