This week has followed the Week of Spring Break (aka. the Week of Crafts, Sort-of-sleeping-in kids, Playing Outside in the massive 8' snow drifts in our backyard and lots of coffee ... for mama :P).
This week has been about sorting and tidying, bringing calm to chaos, cleaning and organizing.
It has also been about moving beyond the season of Lent, the close examination, and walking more fully in the power of the Resurrection.
It is about leaning into these words and learning to live them more fully...
The Vine and the Branches - John 15:1-6a
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers....
When I do this life apart from Jesus, it's true. I feel withered. Fatigued, overwhelmed, dried up.
Turn back to His grace, and the way seems clear once again.
Simple promises to cling to every day.
Remain in me.
And I will remain in you.
A gardening analogy for the season of spring that is coming.
Celebrating the Resurrection.