“…he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit…” John 15: 5 (KJV)

On various occasions I have been given delicate Phalaenopsis orchids, those wonderfully exotic flowering plants that appear to be so fragile. I have learned an interesting principle from these beautiful bits of creation. Given the right light and moisture, they continue to bloom year after year—it is their nature.

I have not taken the time to research orchids nor have I joined the local orchid society. All I do is put a spoon of water in their pots every week, and they faithfully bloom. But this is not about orchids.

I have noticed that there are some people who, like orchids, can always be counted on to bloom. Somehow, they stay in the Light, stay connected to the Source of their growth, and they constantly seem to be watered by the Spirit. Because they are intrinsically beautiful, they beautify their environment, and they bring joy and encouragement just by being.

I think that is what is meant by abiding.

Father, keep us in you so that your beauty shows through us. Amen.

Author: mcurry09

Marthe Curry is director of the World Missions Department of her diocese in Texas. In that capacity, she frequently travels internationally to empower individuals and communities in discipleship and development. She loves to teach, write, and garden. Marthe has a Ph.D. from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has two children, grandchildren, two dogs, and lives in San Antonio. She looks forward to your comments and questions.

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