- Amy Welborn
Have a blessed day everyone!
Lord, thank You for allowing me to be a branch on Your vine. I strive everyday to understand and to do Your will (with You in my heart), as I never want to be the branch that withers, dies and gets thrown in the fire. Amen.
Very beautiful reflection this morning. I pray for all those who are sick and suffering in anyway and for their friends and family that suffer with them. May they feel God's healing in their bodies, hearts, and souls and find peace. Amen.
Lord Jesus I am nothing without you. You are my life.
Yes, Jesus, without You, I can do nothing!
Matthew 19:25-26, "When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Psalm 16:2, "I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.”
Today's gospel in John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in Me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without Me you can do nothing."
How do I remain in Christ?
What is the use or purpose of bearing fruit? So I can do all things? Why? So I feel better about doing all the right things?
John 15:7-8, "If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples."
Here it is.....If My Words abide in me!.......By this (abiding - studying His Word, asking - praying His will and God acting on it) God the Father is glorified and I will bear much fruit (singular fruit of the Spirit as a whole) and become His disciple!
Lord, You have given me Your Spirit to guide me through Your Word and remind me what You have said. May His Fruit grow in my heart and develop into love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, so You will be glorified and I am Your disciple! Amen!
Thank you for the message and for all who come here to read it I pray. Let me be a strong witness, in whatever way you see fit, to your love Lord.
Jesus teach me to trust in you
A powerful phrase "Jesus without you I can do nothing".
Thank you Lord for this Gospel today and thank you for this beautifully. Thank you for my faith my life and my family. Please Lord be with me and help me tomorrow.
Help me to not be afraid- I trust you Lord. Please Lord have mercy and
Be merciful. Amen
Thank you Lord for allowing me to be one of your branches!!! Please be with my daughter today as she takes her Doctorial exam go PT. you know her anietybe issues. Please release her of all so she may recall all that she has learned over the past years so she may pass and do your will through her life passion helping others. Thank you Lord in advance for your blessings!!! In you all things are possible.
Lord please give me the strength to get through this day and focus on what needs to be done. Bestow your grace on me and forgive my wrong doings. Let the branch I am pull me closer to you. Amen.
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I am so grateful to this community for the diverse insights we share, especially the keen insights from the contemplative life (shout out to Daniel), and the way we support each other and penetrate space and time (zones) and become fully present for each other, even though we are not actually "here" at the same moment. We are truly branches dependent on each other, and the vine cherishes us all.
Amy, grateful for your helpful reflection today. Like you, we may not be vowed religious, but we clearly make our personal "promises" and take them to heart.
Thank you for relating the Flannery O'Connor story! It reminds me of how comedians work--Sandra Bernhard's "Without You, I'm Nothing" illustrates this (and perhaps John 15) perfectly, and Joan Rivers often said she HAD to scream certain words at her audience, not just to keep them awake, and with her, but to help them get the joke! All three of these ladies sure have helped us understand sin and grace.
Fr. Andrew Greeley did the same in his writings.
Rev. Robert Schuller, too, in his writings and his sermons. Miss them.
Grateful to you all for allowing me to be a part of our family tree/vine/branches. My prayers are offered everyday in support of whatever we are aspiring to, or being tested by.