"I Am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."
Last Sunday I celebrated Easter with my mother, children, and grandchildren. We spent most of the day in the court yard of the nursing home where my mom now resides at 92 due to the all consuming disease of alzheimers. This year we could no longer attend church with her. We sat outside in the sunshine surrounded by beautiful blooming cherry blossom trees talking and watching the grandchildren play. It was wonderful having my mother and children together again. For me it was a very contemplative time for observance and reflection of life. I realized there was four generations represented around me. I am sandwiched in the middle and my mind was filled with memories of each ones life. I realized how quickly life happens on this earth. I was reminded of the verse:
"Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Psalm 90:12
I also was reminded of how intentional we must be to fulfill this verse, or life will just happen and there is no going back.
As for my own life the words of Jesus rang true in my heart from John 15:5. It pretty much sums up the truth about my life and what I tried desperately to teach my children. He is the true " lifegiver." Apart from Him we can do nothing that matters eternally. We are totally dependent on Him as the branch is to a vine.
We have all heard the old adage:
"You can’t take it with you."
Of course this is referring to riches. But the one thing you can take with you is your family and that should be an ultimate goal in all of our lives. Let us realize our total reliance on Jesus in order to accomplish this eternal goal:
"If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."
In His love.
What a blessing to bring so much life back into my mom’s world with those she contributed so much in their lives.