Graft us into You, O Savior
Prune our hearts so we remain
Fruitful branches in Your vineyard
Till eternal life we gain.
I suppose I often heard more derogatory connections with my namesake-
bribery, illicit gains in politics or business.
And now in the past few days I have heard the term-
Graft, Grafted, Grafting and thrown in with that you would also get a Grafter.
insert a piece of living tissue,
hard work, transplant living tissue,
to insert or fix a living thing permanently to another-
kind of goes with the Vine and Branches story of this past week's readings in church.
A new take with the verse from the song--
Graft, Prune, Fruitful and Eternal-- in the same breath--- sounds like a positive place to focus energy and attention-
maybe this becomes a whispered prayer- GRAFT me into you, O Savior.
|The May Lilacs|
|Red Hot Poker- Tritoma- Kniphofia|
|Baptisia- Blue Wild Indigo- Legume family|
|Clematis- that vines up the lilac bush|
A walk in my yard reminds me of how much planting comes from interconnections-
one bush gets tall and dwarfs another--- one dies out and another spurts in growth-
The pruning is hard ---- always seems like you are loosing something you will not get back-
and then a glorious display reminds you of the harvest that waits ----
always a brilliant reminder of eternal gain.