“我是真葡萄树，我父是栽培的人。 凡属我不结果子的枝子，他就剪去；凡结果子的，他就修理干净，使枝子结果子更多。” 约翰福音 15:1-2
“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.” JOH N 1 5 : 1 – 2
A prune is a fruit. Or, it was a fruit. Actually, it is (or was?) a plum—a plum which is preserved by being dried and becoming all dark and wrinkly. But to prune is also an act of cutting off parts of a plant that are dead, that aren’t producing fruit, or even healthy aspects that the gardener believes will be better for the life of the plant in the long run. A gardener decides to remove a branch or bud so that the plant can flourish in times to come. Pruning something like a grapevine requires specialized attention so that it can become more abundantly fruitful.
Jesus promises that those who want to follow God will go through the pruning process too. God wants his people to become fully what he intends. You can try to be a prune and fight against getting pruned or you can let Jesus prune away in your life so that you can produce more prunes.
Or something like that. Jesus said it so much better when he was talking to his disciples.
Jesus, remove those things from my life that keep me from becoming all you created me to be, and from doing all you created me to do. Amen.
Buy a bonsai tree, learn how to care for it and prune it, and keep it in your room all fall and winter as a reminder of the difference God makes in your life.