The With-God Life (Friday 16 May)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Jesus said to his disciples: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts away every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit. But he trims clean every branch that does produce fruit, so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already clean because of what I have said to you. Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. (John 15.1-5)

Reflect:

Jesus in talking to his disciples encourages them to stay connected to him as a branch does to the vine and as he does to his Father. As we do so we receive the power and presence of the Spirit abiding in us. This is so key in our life with God, which is utterly dependent upon this connection. Abiding in Christ is the source of our love, joy, peace, strength and fruitfulness.

Respond:

Go over these words several times and pray. Ask the Lord for his help in staying connected with him in all the demands and distractions of our daily lives that so often distract us.

Midday Meditation:

I need Thy presence every passing hour. What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me. (from the Hymn Abide With Me)

Evening Reflection:

Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us Father, Son and Spirit, Three Forgive the ill that we have done Forgive the pride that we have shown Forgive the words that have caused harm that we might sleep peaceably and rise refreshed to do your will Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us Father, Son and Spirit, Three. (A Celtic Blessing)

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