Do I need to prune my roses?
Vines or roses that have been pruned look like dead sticks, yet we know they benefit from this cutting and removing of branches. When Jesus tells us we are the same: that pruning and losing things is good for us, it is not so easy to believe. The pain of loss makes it seem impossible that good could come from it. If we are connected to Jesus, life will keep flowing through us. Spring will come again to us, and life will flower anew. Where are we feeling the pain of loss now? We do not have to understand or like the process, we just need to cling onto Jesus the source of life.
Lord help us to trust you and cling to you in seasons of loss.