To abide in Jesus is to remain connected to him. When we lose that connection, when the branch is severed from the vine, there is no life, no growth, no fruit. “I want you to abide in me,” [Jesus] is saying. “I want you to remain connected to me.” Why does he say this? The reasons go deeper than a personal relationship with Jesus. We remain connected to the vine because that is the way we bear fruit.
—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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[Jesus said] 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)
Prayer for the Week
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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