"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

A few months ago, I was happy to plant a Lychee tree. I was fascinated in the small tree because I noticed new leaves growing from the branches. However something seemed wrong with the new growth, the leaves started shriveling and growing brown patches underneath. I found out it was a type of microscopic mite that has devastated the fruit in take of many Lychee plantations. I had to prune every new growth and branch that carried the disease. It needed a good pruning so that it will one day be fruitful and bring much joy to me in the future. In the same way it brings the Lord so much joy to see our lives full of the fruit of the Spirit that He as the master Gardener has to prune the diseased sinful habits we may harbor. We may need to return to our first love and the simple things we did at first:  loving God and loving people so that the rest of our spiritual walk will be healthy and fruitful.

Cameron Stevens
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