Sunday’s Leaves

I realize that today’s date is Wednesday however I would be remiss if I let another day go by without mentioning my favorite day – Sunday. I woke up a little tired; however anticipating  the day.  I had two extra children, friends of my children who slept over, and one sister along with my regular passenger – grandma.  We were at service early and I was ready.  The visiting preacher spoke about the vine and the branches as told in John 15:1-8.  He titled his message of The Vine of Unity.

He talked about how the vine has to be rooted near a water source, so that it can bear branches which then bears fruit. He then explained that the vine does not bear fruit, only the branches can bear fruit. The branches will only bear fruit if the vine nourishes the branches. For me this is one of those moments when I smile. When I hear something that I have heard  a million times; however this time the insight is clear as if it I had received the instructions on how to put this thought together typed and presented to me. The fruit does not necessarily have to be an apple, a pear or a peach; fruit can also be leaves.

“Leaves provide trees with all their food because they turn sunlight into food energy. Chlorophyll makes this energy transformation possible.  Leaves also make the oxygen in the air that we breathe.Chlorophyll is a pigment found in the cells of leaves which is formed only in the presence of light and is the substance that colors plants green.  Chorophyll is contained in chloroplasts and has the property of capturing light energy.

What this tells me is that the leaf feeds the branches and they allow us to breathe the air. The water nourishes the vine. The light is in the sky. The light becomes energy which energizes the vine which begins the process all over again.Vine to branch to leaf. Life. The source of all fruit and of all leaves is the vine. The vine is God. He is our source and our supply.  As long as we stay grounded in His word we can’t help but to produce fruit. As a people we are to be united in His word.

As we grow older our leaves wither, die, disconnect from the source and fall to the ground. They become the compost that continues to nourish the soil wher the tree is planted and the vine grows and branches emerge and fruit is born.

Yolande Barial
Your Words Project: Speaking on Purpose

Seeks to Enrich the Lives of Women through Spoken and Written Word.

“Through her inspirational writings and spiritual poetry, Yolande Barial empowers women of all ages to be on purpose.”


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