“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. (the Message)
This book, Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Barton is challenging me! Solitude, as a discipline doesn’t come naturally, at least not for me. It’s probably why it’s called a discipline! And discipline takes practice.
“Lord, is there something you’d like me to notice
here in my ordinary back yard?”
My eyes fall on a broken-off tree branch
lying in the middle of the yard,
dry and shriveled
And I can’t help but think of what Jesus said
about the vine (Jesus)
and the branches (us)
He tells us a branch attached to the vine
and a branch, separated from the life-giving vine
Lord, when I don’t spend time with You . . .
I become shriveled, dried up
However, unlike this branch, which can never recover,
I can go back to spending time in Your presence . . . .
back to You . . .
the One who is already searching
and waiting for me.
I grab my camera.
I want to REMEMBER this for myself
& CELEBRATE by sharing with others!