Faith notes

A company has been working along the western side of O’Loughlin Terrace in Ceduna cutting out unwanted trees and pruning others.

There are chain saws buzzing, a stumper removing unwanted stumps, a bobcat working and a loud mulcher turning large tree limbs into mulch.

It is a hive of activity.

Each worker has their role to fulfill.

The workers are doing a great job.

The area looks really good, there is quite a change.

It got me to thinking, are there things in my life I need to remove or prune?

Are there things in our lives we need to remove or prune?

Things we say perhaps, or things we do.

Some things like, do I really need all of those items in my shed, do I really need all of those DVDs?

Do we need to prune the way we relate to others, the way we talk?

Am I a bit terse or rude at times?

The Bible tells us in the gospel of John how Jesus is the true vine and God the Father is the gardener.

It talks of how God removes what is no good and prunes what needs to be pruned, so that it can become better.

Sometimes we need pruning, we need different parts of our lives taken away, like a bad attitude.

God is an excellent pruner, He takes away in us what we do not need.

God loves each and everyone one of us that He wants to care for us and look after us and take out of us that which is no good.

Are you willing to let go and let God have His way?

It can be a huge step, one almost impossible to take.

That is where faith comes in.

The bible book of Hebrews says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Are we willing to take that step and allow God to prune us?

To be sure and certain?

Try it, see what happens!

Reverend Barry Luke

Anglican Church