Chateau Ste. Michelle Revisited   2 comments

What a difference a few months make at the Chateau vineyards!  In May the vines looked so sparse like they had recently been pruned; they were just beginning to show signs of life.  Yesterday, they were lush and full of grapes and leaves.  In May you could see the fountain clearly. In August you could have asked, “Fountain? What fountain?”

All during the time I was taking these pictures at the vineyard, these verses kept going through my head from John 15…

(May)

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

(August)

 5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.

How are my branches looking? Am I bearing fruit? Is it still “May”?  What did or will my “August” look like? 

I WANT TO BEAR FRUIT!  I want August!  How about you? 

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2 responses to “Chateau Ste. Michelle Revisited

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  1. What a beautiful visual for these verses Lana. I love it. I do want to be a fruit bearer…

  2. …yes, your pictures very much capture those verses. We live in a fruit belt, and those verses are in action here too….the “pruning” season clearly stands out because it takes place in winter. “Our” fruit harvest would not come without our pruning…..”keep me pruned Lord so I can bear You fruit”

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