Sumptuous Fruit

Like grape branches that must be lifted up and placed along a cross-like trellis to produce fruit, allow your thoughts and feelings to be lifted up to the Cross of Calvary, so the Gardner can cultivate virtuous fruit.

If you let Him, He will lift up your heavy branches and wrap them around Himself, so their death will be swallowed up in victory: new branches of sweetness from scarred limbs of bitterness.

But even this is penultimate. Sweetness is only sweet to taste. The vineyard Keeper harvests all the sumptuous fruit you produce, not wasting a single grape, to make a decadent wine for a celebratory feast. It’s there–your destiny–that you were meant to enjoy fully the sweetness of terrestrial suffering long forgotten.

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Chester Delagneau

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