Two weeks ago I wrote about thinning the new flower clusters on the vines; removing half of what would eventually become this year’s crop. Just about every branch had two or three clusters and I removed all but one on each branch. Can you guess which clusters I left? Of course the clusters closest to the vine itself. Sometimes the cluster I removed had more blossoms on it – more potential fruit. Sometimes the blossoms were larger, promising larger berries. But that’s not what determined which clusters remained. Proximity to the vine determines the ultimate quality of the fruit and those are the clusters I left. Really its all about intimacy. Abiding in the vine doesn’t just speak of holding on, it speaks of intimacy, nearness. Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches… abide in me.”

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