As we enter a new week, may we lay down our distractions, our worries, our burdens, our fears; may we cease chattering; may fidgeting flee.
May we have the strength to meet with quiet hearts our challenges, our joys, our griefs, our tests; may our moments of wonder, moments of pain and all the plodding mundanities be well received.
May we abide in Christ. May we continue, stay, remain.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he [lifts up], and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. 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. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing… As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
John Chapter 15