Whether you are a gardener or not, the SSJE post HERE about pruning will likely resonate. There are just too many wonderful, important things to pursue in life, plus lots of others that give us additional joy.
It can be too easy to just keep piling on more and more good stuff to the point of near-exhaustion. And even if not exhausting, this “too much of a good thing” gets in the way of other priorities in our faith tradition. With reflection and then sometimes painful trimming, we can continue branching out as a key element of the complex vine.
POSSIBLE ACTIONS: in the week upcoming, consider reading the “Read More and Comment” (HERE) SSJE section, and then taking time as Brother Geoffrey outlines:
I find it helpful to get a big piece of paper and then just write down or draw all the different parts of my life, all my relationships, activities, commitments; gather everything together. Then spend time just looking at it all, with Jesus. … Then, with clippers in hand, ask for the courage – or your worst enemy! – to prune, ruthlessly, that you may bear much fruit, to God’s glory.
Abiding. Pruning. Not easy, but important as we each seek to favorably pursue God’s wishes for the creation we are to become…
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, July 3, 2022:
- 2 Kings 5:1-14 and Psalm 30
- Isaiah 66:10-14 and Psalm 66:1-9
- Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
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