Prayer: Prune away our running all directions so we may strengthen our core and accomplish more. Amen
Reading: John 15: 1-8(Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Andy, my husband, is the gardener in our family so I asked him once again why pruning is so important. This time I heard something new as he explained. Pruning back extra or wayward growth, makes more of the energy of the plant go into developing better roots. With a better root system, the plant grows not only stronger but it can also withstand hardships like drought. With a better root system, the plant can also pull in more nutrients from the soil.
We may think the more we get involved in many things, the more productive we will be. However, like a plant needs its branches pruned in order to grow stronger roots and in turn bear more fruit, perhaps it would be good once in awhile to cut back some of the things we do in order to strengthen our core and accomplish more.
-- Ruth Gates
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