To remain… to abide… to bear fruit

I have been in the habit of reading through a daily lectionary reading the past several months. It is a joyous journey that keeps me faithfully reading the broad scope of the biblical story.

But then there are passages that sweep into my spirit with a fresh wind and I am held there for a bit of time. It messes up my “schedule”, but I get less worried about that over time. I love the story. And I love the “camping out.” Both are necessary for my life.

John 15:1-17 caught me this week. My heart cries out as I continually ponder what it means to “dwell” or “remain” or “abide.”

I think of the story of Frank Laubach, a modern day mystic who, as a missionary, worked in habits to have his mind constantly dwelling on the Lord. There are some excerpts HERE, and it is worth your time.

He quotes this gospel song and I leave it here, with a prayer that my life may be consumed with a longing for the continual presence of God:

Moment by moment, I’m kept in His love;
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

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