Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.— John 15:4-5

Distracted by
sounds and sights,
overwhelmed by
demands and worries,
tempted by
desires and wants,
we bear the fruit of
our own lives.
Fruits of jealousy,
pride,
selfishness.
Seeking approval
from a world
far removed from You,
we stumble and fall.
Find ourselves,
uprooted, alone, humbled.
Lost in our own world,
withering without your presence.
Shape us Lord,
by your hand,
in your image.
Weed from us,
the hungers of our hearts,
that choke our desire for You.
Prune us Lord,
root out all evil,
planting goodness and mercy
in its place.
Let us abide in You.
in your love and grace.
Let us abide in You,
accepting your forgiveness.
Let us abide in You
receiving your strength.
Let us abide in You,
following your ways.
Let us abide in You,
and be who you made us to be.