Back Yard Lessons on “Abiding”

Back Yard Lessons on "Abiding"
Back Yard Lessons on “Abiding”
John 15:5-8 (The Message)

“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.

Sitting here in my backyard, practicing, I ask:
“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
brings life.
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!

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