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Old Branches

January 8, 2019 | Author: | Posted in New Beginnings

Today’s devotional reflection on New Beginnings is about: Old Branches

4 “We were buried[a] therefore with him by baptism into death,
    in return;so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory
    of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

    – Romans 6:4, RSVCE | NJB

Old Branches (New Beginnings Devotional Reflection)

Luke was home during a thunderstorm when lightning struck the tree in his front yard. He loved the tree and didn’t want to risk killing it. So he left it alone, hoping that the tree would eventually revive.

But a neighbor cautioned Luke against his approach. “If you don’t remove the dead branches, the decaying wood will attract insects and infect the healthy parts of the tree. To save it, you need to do some pruning.”

Sometimes, God allows lightning to strike our lives—it might be the unexpected diagnosis, the sudden accident, or the loss of a job. These events are painful but they often lead to pruning our lives.

Maybe that diagnosis was a wakeup call that you need to work on your marriage or that sudden accident prompted you to restore a relationship with an aging parent. Perhaps the job loss brought a renewed commitment to handling your resources like a wise steward.

When you’re facing a big change or new beginning in your life, ask God what He wants to teach you. Be open to the Holy Spirit’s movement and act on what He reveals to you.

God, show me what branches I need to prune in my life.
Give me the courage to be brave and follow You in obedience.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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