Read John 15:1-7
The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 6:23 (NRSV)
Some months ago I was given a geranium plant with four large red-orange flower clusters. In time they faded away. For weeks I had only a plant with green leaves. I was disappointed because there were no blossoms. Then I thought, I’ll add some plant food to the water. Soon I saw a short stem with buds; a few days later, I saw two more. In a few weeks there were 10 clusters of buds on six-inch-long stems. What a glorious display when all the buds were fully developed!
Then it occurred to me that our lives can be like that. When we follow Jesus’ teachings and practice them, we absorb qualities that provide an added dimension to live. This is God’s gift to us for a life more abundant and fulfilling than we could ever imagine.
Prayer—Thank you, O God, for revealing your very self to us in Jesus. What an awesome gift that through Jesus we find our lives fulfilled as we walk the road that leads us to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day—We are made in the likeness of God with a potential for inner, spiritual growth.
L. Margaret Tansley (Ontario, Canada)