Alive - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

The image of Jesus as the vine and us as the branches is a vibrant and dynamic picture of flourishing growth. Imagine a well-established vine, with a strong central trunk, bursting into life with branches spreading out in all directions, leaves and spirals reaching out from each vine as they grow and spread further.

In the same way, our lives can be replenished with a strong centre in Christ. With Christ at the heart of our being, we can draw on God’s love and grace to empower us each day. The fruit of this connection can emerge as the peace that comes from knowing we are loved and God is by our side, and the hope that God sustains and comforts us.

The image is also strikingly interdependent. Just as a branch cannot live without the vine (John 15:6), neither can a vine thrive without the branches. While Jesus is the central focus of our faith and the church, his human life was a moment in time, and he now lives in us and through us. It is our actions and words that show the world what it is to be Christian, our behaviour that tells others how Christ is shaping our lives.

Abundant God, inspire me to make You the centre of my life, the core from which all else emerges. Awaken within me awareness and gratitude for the blessings I enjoy, living a life centred in Christ. Encourage me to share Your peace and hope with those around me, that they may come to know You better. Amen.

John 15:05a

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit.”

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.