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THE TRUE VINE

Meditations for a Month

on John 15:1-16.....

By

Rev. Andrew Murray

The mystery which hath been hid from ages, but now is made manifest to His saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”—Colossians 1.26,27

MOODY PRESS

CHICAGO

 

ONLY A BRANCH

 

“I am the vine, ye are the branches.”—John 15.5

 

 

“Tis only a little Branch,

A thing so fragile and weak,

But that little Branch hath a message true

To give, could it only speak.

“I’m only a little Branch,

I live by a life not mine,

For the sap that flows through my tendrils small

Is the life-blood of the Vine.

“No power indeed have I

The fruit of myself to bear,

But since I’m part of the living Vine,

Its fruitfulness I share.

“Dost thou ask how I abide?

How this life I can maintain?—

I am bound to the Vine by life’s strong band,

And I only need remain.

“Where first my life was given,

In the spot where I am set,

Upborne and upheld as the days go by,

By the stem which bears me yet.

“I fear not the days to come,

I dwell not upon the past,

As moment by moment I draw a life,

Which for evermore shall last.

“I bask in the sun’s bright beams,

Which with sweetness fills my fruit,

Yet I own not the clusters hanging there,

For they all come from the root.”

A life which is not my own,

But another’s life in me:

This, this is the message the Branch would speak,

A message to thee and me.

Oh, struggle not to “abide,”

Nor labor to “bring forth fruit,”

But let Jesus unite thee to Himself,

As the Vine Branch to the root.

So simple, so deep, so strong

That union with Him shall be:

His life shall forever replace thine own,

And His love shall flow through thee.

For His Spirit’s fruit is love,

And love shall thy life become,

And for evermore on His heart of love

Thy spirit shall have her home.

Freda Hanbury

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