|Grape Harvest @ Gouveia Vineyards|
Image by Peter Aldrich
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4 (NIV)In the early morning sun, grapes hung fragrant, ripe and heavy from the vine. The vineyard buzzed with activity from both man and bee as we harvested our community's first autumn crop. I met the challenge cheerfully, anticipating time spent outdoors tending the vines alongside my husband and neighbors.
Conversations in the field were as plentiful as the grapes. Some were boisterous and jolly, awaiting the end-of-harvest drinks shared in celebration. Others were soft spoken and patient as they taught their little ones the proper way to cut the fruit from the vine.
There was so much going on around me but the more grapes I harvested the more I found my spirit contemplating the lessons in the vine.