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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. — John 15:1-2

Reflect

Gardeners understand that pruning is part of the process of growth. They know that they must cut away certain stems and leaves to allow a plant to bloom to its full potential. The plant may look a little worse for the wear for a short time, but when the blooms come, they will be full and healthy.

So it is in our lives. The Master Gardener knows us better than we know ourselves. Because he wants the very best for us, he prunes away anything that would stunt our growth or choke our potential.

Perhaps you are feeling the clippers cutting away at you right now. It hurts. You wonder why certain parts of your life are being so drastically changed. Be reminded, dear one, that each cut is done with precision and care. Only the Gardener knows how you will look in full bloom.

Pray

Precious Father, loss and change are painful. Lord, share Your vision of when I recover and thrive again.