Tuesday, February 21, 2012

pruned to yield

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes,
that it may bear more fruit.
{John 15:2}

It is the branch that bears the fruit,
That feels the knife,
To prune it for a larger growth,
A fuller life.
Though every budding twig be lopped,
And every grace
Of swaying tendril, springing leaf,
Be lost a space.
O thou whose life of joy seems reft,
Of beauty shorn;
Whose aspirations lie in dust,
All bruised and torn,
Rejoice, tho' each desire, each dream,
Each hope of thine
Shall fall and fade; it is the hand
Of Love Divine
That holds the knife, that cuts and breaks
With tenderest touch,
That thou, whose life has borne some fruit
May'st now bear much.
{Annie Johnson Flint}


  1. love this today. thanks for sharing that beautiful poem based on those verses. it is such a counter-intuitive portion of scripture, and i think, a hard one for us to accept...even healthy branches can be pruned for the sake of increasing fruit. but so important and lovely nonetheless.

  2. yes! and amen. thank you for sharing this devo... love it.

  3. and your a john piper lover too??? i'm sold on you. ; )