Family Unties

October 31, 2011

Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of the path in a relationship with a loved one. It can be particularly bewildering when it is a family member, one who perhaps stood by you through many things, who is no longer a support. Just as with any season, these relationships sometimes run their course and are through. Other relationships will come to fill the place left behind. All people in our lives are used by the Gardener of our souls: some water, some plant, some prune–and the flow of growth continues.

“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. ¬†Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”