Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me
Today after church I went with a friend on a hike up Porter's Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains to Fern Branch Falls. Whenever I go out with my camera I always ask God to show me something wonderful. And he always does. I got to see a wildflower that I have read about but never seen. It is a called a Dutchmen's Britches. This is my picture today. As this is the beginning of passion week I have decided that all my scriptures this week will come from John 14-17, Jesus last teaching with his disciples.
“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. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
My post today is not scripture but words to a hymn by Charles Wesley. We are singing an arrangement in choir by Dan Forrest. Every time we sing this I just cry at its beauty, as I am crying now as I listen to the music. Here is the link to the composer's web page. There is player to hear this beautiful music. http://www.danforrest.com/satb-accompanied/and-can-it-be/ I made the link open in a new window so you can listen to the music and read the words.
I have no pictures that are as beautiful as this music. I am having a hard time putting anything up. Our gifts are so small for his grace. I bow my head; tears flow. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. I have chosen pictures that remind me of how much I am loved and his amazing grace.
This weekend we visited my daughter in Nashville to attend the wedding of a friend. We went to church with Meredith this morning at her church, Covenant Presbyterian Church. It is a truly beautiful church. This is a picture of the inside of the church that I took after worship this morning.
Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
I am a daughter, a wife, a mother and now a grandmother. I am wonderfully loved first by Jesus Christ then by two wonderful parents, three sisters and their families, a special husband, two extraordinary children and a wonderful son in law and daughter in law, two new grandsons, and dear Christian friends. I seek now to serve Christ in new ways in my retirement!
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