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Scripture:

I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.   Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  John 15:1-4

Comment:

What sort of garden do you want your marriage to be? Gardens don’t just happen. The gardener tends it. My husband averages about 10 hours a week on his allotment. Father God is involved as gardener in our lives if we are connected to the TRUE VINE. We are the under-gardeners. Go out somewhere nice for coffee – take some time together to discuss this question: What sort of place is ‘our private garden’? Think and pray about flowers and fruit for this next season.

Prayer (as a couple):

Father God we are glad you are the gardener of our lives. We want to know your blue print and your plans for our life together. We have hopes and dreams too. Help us share these with each other and with you. Show us how to be good gardeners with you.  Amen

Prayer (for others):

Lord we pray for the many marriages in our church and amongst our close friends. We pray that you will use us to encourage them and help them grow strong and beautiful. Lord, show us how we can help those who can only see weeds and rubbish in their “garden” at the moment. Help us to take courage and offer genuine help not platitudes. Amen.

Final Quote:

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15 v 5

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