Falling Branches

7 Sep
An Indian papaya tree

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First off, I hope that you had a great long Labor day weekend!

At our house, we had a little incident with our neighbor’s tree.  The neighbor has a bunch of fruit trees that are right next to the fence between our properties, which is usually great because tons of the fruit falls into our yard.  However, this weekend my husband went in the backyard and noticed that the pool was draining itself of water.  Turns out a huge branch from the neighbor’s papaya tree broke off and fell on our pool pump which broke one of the pipes and caused the pool to start draining!  We had to wait a few days for the pool man to come and fix the pump, so I guess now we have payed for some of that free fruit we love.

It must be said that the neighbor’s papaya tree is massive because he never prunes it and so the fruit now grows so high that nobody can even reach it unless you have a long pole.  That is why the branches are so big; an unpruned fruit tree often becomes less productive because lots of energy is going to weak, unproductive branches.

This reminded me of the story of the grapevine and the gardener.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:1-17

Amen!

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4 Responses to “Falling Branches”

  1. Carol Ann Hoel September 7, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Thank you for this enlightening post about bearing much fruit and the relationship of the branches to the vine. Our Heavenly Father prunes our lives of weakening influences so that we may produce better and more fruit. Blessings to you…

    • lovemeanyway September 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

      He is an excellent gardener! The most skilled that there is 🙂

  2. lovemeanyway September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Cool! I like how you compared the neighbor’s tree to the scripture.
    But i still think the is the that should be paying for the damage cause he was the one that didn,t take care of his branches.

    • lovemeanyway September 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

      I meant: I still think that he is the one that should be paying for..

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