"Even now the ax of God’s judgment
is poised, ready to sever
the roots of the trees.
Yes, every tree
that does not produce good fruit
will be chopped down and thrown into the fire."
For me, the above stained glass window at St. David's makes me think about the Biblical notion of "pruning" - of God, the "vinedresser," trimming back all the dead branches that don't grow and bear fruit. And this "pruning" is NOT meant as a punishment, but rather as a natural part of God's loving care, so that the plant can continue to grow and bear much fruit.Well this Coronavirus crisis has provided us with a lot of opportunities to do some "pruning." We see it in our daily lives, as the extended time at home has allowed many to do some long overdue "spring cleaning" and "de-cluttering" of closets and basements and file cabinets - getting rid of all the "stuff" that has fulfilled it's purpose and is no longer needed. And this "pruning" and "de-cluttering" is NOT about having the least amount of stuff possible. Its about letting go of the things that pile up and drag you down, in order to make room for the things that matter ... and to then truly enjoy the things you have.This time of "pruning" and "de-cluttering" can also take place in our spiritual lives - as we get away from all the distractions, ... and quiet our hearts and minds, ... and honestly take stock of our lives. And in this time of "self-examination," we might come to see (and confess) that there are certain behaviors or things or resentments that are weighing us down and holding us back ... and that we need to let go, so that we can make room for those things that truly bring us life and joy and growth.So we may not have chosen to enter this time "pruning," but trusting in the loving care and guidance of God, "the Vinedresser," I pray that we can come out of it stronger, ... more content, ... and better able to bear much fruit.Happy spring cleaning.
-- Pastor Micah