A Beautiful Branch on the Vine

I was once pastor of a church in Vineland, the largest city in New Jersey—not by the number of people living in it, but by its size.  For many years a major product of the land was grapes.  Lots of vine-yards make up a vine-land!

  Beautiful purple grapes bounce about on the branches of the vines, waiting for the day of the harvest.   Jesus uses the example of vines to help his disciples understand how they are connected to him.  Jesus is the vine, we are the branches.  When we are so linked to Jesus, beautiful fruits come from our lives. 

As you sit and pray, feel your whole self connected to Jesus.  Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus’s love and life are flowing into you, giving you life, just as the branches receive life from the vine.  When you get up from your time of prayer, spend the rest of the day remembering that you are a beautiful branch on the sacred vine which is Jesus.         

John 15:1-8

What are “Bible Breaths”? Learn More…
“You the vine, and I a branch”

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary
During the Easter Season, are read from the Gospel of John.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

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