Monday, September 2, 2013

Church Family

Yesterday, I worshiped at a church I belonged to for over 25 years. It was wonderful to see so many people who comprised my church family for years, many of whom are still dear friends. As I visit churches and wait to see where the Lord plants me, I have to wonder if I will ever have the type of church family I had at Calvary Episcopal Church or if it was a once in a lifetime gift from heaven.

I know if I remain on the path the Lord has ordained for me, I will land in a wonderful church. If I remain quiet, I will hear the still, small voice. I want to grow in Christ wherever I am planted. I want to heed these words:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.