WHEN WE LIVED in Pensacola we had a troublesome wisteria vine that would never stop cropping up all over. One of its favorite venues was the telephone pole on the edge of our property; it also liked the adjacent fence. The thing was relentless.
Every once in a while I’d go out with huge pruning shears and cut the creeper carefully where it first emerged from the ground. In a few hours, fifty-plus feet of wisteria would droop, then turn brown. A few days later I could easily pull it all down.
Jesus wants us to understand that we are as vitally connected to him and to one another, as that wisteria is to its source of life. Without sustaining grace we simply wither and die.
Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent
From page 46 of Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What sustains you today? Share your thoughts.
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.
—John 15:4, NRSV
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Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.
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