Vine and branchesJesus said, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” Life flows from the source to you, for you and for others. Jesus continued, “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”
Vine and branches is an image of flow, of becoming open, of working together in love.
How do you do to help Jesus open you head, heart, and body? What do you do?
Surrender to the One “you can trust more than yourself.” Turn your life “over to the care of God.” Accept your unworthiness (and we’re all unworthy). Stop playing games of “heroic sacrifice” and “seeking superiority, admiration, and control.” (Again, these are Father Rohr’s words.)
Trust the Holy Spirit, who, Jesus said, “will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” I’m still learning what really are acts of faith, surrender, and acceptance for me. I’m learning it’s more about being than doing. “I am…” Jesus said. And, “You are…” You already are.
Thanks be to God.
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)