Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jesus, the True Vine

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Just a few clouds today, compared with yesterday when we had nearly all day cloud cover.

I went shopping yesterday around noon because all the forecasts said rain was coming and the radar showed it closer to me. Well, the rain finally came in the afternoon for about thirty minutes...a good, hard, rain. It was great!

 As I was driving home along Turner Creek, I noticed a very large bird sitting on a light pole in front of me. It was an osprey looking over the water, probably contemplating a meal for the young ones still in the nest. I see their heads popping up when I drive toward home. The nest is on top of a light pole at Sawgrass Lake Elem. School. Seems like they should be about ready to leave soon. The nest in the Publix  parking lot is a very messy pile of sticks and debris at the base of the light pole. They don't last long when they are deserted. The birds have learned to co-habit with society, since so little of their environment is left. But God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

John 15:1-7

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the fine,and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile, to be burned. But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. this brings much glory to my Father....

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,