“I Am the Vine” John 15:5. Yesterday we started a short Lenten journey around our sanctuary looking at the stained glass windows as an opportunity for meditation and conversation about our spiritual walk. As we look at this window we are reminded that the vine exists to bear fruit that we are summoned to mission. His death and resurrection was to give us hope and strength to go out into the world until Christ returns. Yes, He is “the vine,” we are the branches.
Twentieth-century nun Edith Stein asked a question to those connected to the vine. “Do you want to be totally united to the Crucified? If you are serious about this, you will be present, by the power of His Cross, at every front, at every place of sorrow, bringing to those who suffer, healing and salvation.”
Where will you be present today? Who needs a call, a letter, a brief email that says, “I’m holding you up today?” Take a moment to lift your life up to God. Take a moment to contemplate your service, your call. Are you holding tight as a branch? Maybe today is the day for you to ask God where He wants you to serve and bear fruit. You are in my prayers as we are all united by His cross. See you on the Lenten path.