Daily Dose, Journey to the Holy Spirit — April 25

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 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. I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5     Daily Dose: Journey to the Holy Spirit   There’s this amazing and full blueberry bush behind our house. Every season, the limbs literally droop to the ground because of the weight of all the berries. We’ll pick the berries, eat them just as they are, or we’ll add them to pies, and sometime we’ll work them into pancakes. One year, I devised a wonderful plan. I wanted the taste of those berries all year ‘round. And so, I did something simple: At the height of its fruit-bearing, I cut off a branch. I brought that branch inside and laid it at the back of our kitchen counter, just under our cabinets. That way, when the berries came I’d have plates nearby. I watched the branch I had cut over the next few days. The greenery began to fade. It certainly didn’t seem to be getting any healthier. This trend continued for several weeks. While the blueberry bush outside continued to provide basket after basket of plump berries, my indoor branch hadn’t produced the first thing. I couldn’t understand it: It had come from the same bush! Why wasn’t my branch producing those same wonderful berries? This seems obvious and foolish, doesn’t it? And yet, we sometimes do this exact thing in our spiritual lives. Jesus’ teaching is simple: Stay connected to the source of nourishment, and our lives will bear fruit. Become disconnected, and the fruit will stop. Rev. Brad Greene