Lenten Devotional for March 10

The Bent-down Branch

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John 15:1-9

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”
— John 15:5

Reflect:

I first noticed the little branch after a harsh night storm. Bent down in an awkward position, it caught my eye during morning prayer as I looked out my bedroom window. Other branches reached out and up toward the sky, strong and unscathed. But this one slender branch dangled toward the ground – damaged but not detached from the tree.

I was surprised to see this little bent-down branch still hanging there the next morning. I had expected it to drop to the ground, but there it was – still dangling and vulnerable. The same was true the next day and the next. Watching this damaged branch became part of my morning prayer for the season of Lent. No matter what storm blew through, the branch clung to the life-source of the tree.

How like that branch I often am – bent down and vulnerable to life-storms. And like the branch, I cling to Christ, my life-source, trusting that even when I am “hanging on by a thread,” Christ will cling to me as well. My wounded, fragile, and awkward self will always be connected to Christ. Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything” (John 15:5, CEB). In Christ there is life that holds onto and remains in us at all times.
— Pamela Hawkins*

Pray:

Dear God, may I cling to you throughout life’s storms. Thank you for the peace you offer. Your presence sustains and strengthens me. Amen.

Respond:

Are there places in your life where you are “hanging on by a thread?” Ask God for strength to stay connected to God’s life-giving vine.


Credits: *From The Upper Room daily devotional guide. Copyright ©2015. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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