Pruning is painful
by Ken Nether
SOUTHFIELD – Midwinter in Michigan signals the start of vineyard pruning—a necessary, albeit painful, task for vinedressers seeking abundant harvests. In John 15, Jesus employs the metaphor of a vineyard to illuminate the profound relationship between Himself, His Father, and His disciples. He portrays Himself as the "true vine," God as the vinedresser, and the disciples as branches, underscoring their reliance on Him for spiritual nourishment and productivity.