He is the Vine.

“I am the vine, and you are the branches,” said Jesus. “He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

That’s right. He said “Nothing.” Forty-something years ago, it was my favorite verse. Because I knew I was not self-sufficient. I needed Jesus like I needed air. Always.

But, as I grew in faith, and He started producing some of that fruit in me, sometimes I would feel in control.

It was a myth, of course – like swimming alone in the middle of the ocean thinking all is well because you’re treading water – for the moment.

Which is why the last couple of weeks has been good for me. Right now, I’m acutely aware that life demands much more than I have to give, including, with all the unfinished things that wait for me back home, the ability to enjoy this last full day with the grandkids.

Jesus, thank you that you’re up to the task. Be the vine to my branch today.

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