In the Vine

1 06 2011

The more I go on with the Lord

I find that I cannot afford

To stay away from His side

It’s in the Vine I’ll abide.

His words are truth and life to me

They cleanse and sanctify me

I know His power can’t be denied

It’s in the Vine I’ll abide.

A child of God I know I am

I’ve been washed in the precious blood of the Lamb

But I haven’t touched the hole in His side

But in the Vine I’ll abide.

To bring forth fruit, this is my aim

And give the glory to His Name

To do the same, you must decide

If in the Vine you’ll abide.

* * *

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,
unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you,
unless you abide in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him,
he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:3-5

* * *

The photo captions are lyrics from the song, Abide, by Paul Clark.
Since many of you are probably not familiar with the song,
I sat down at my piano and made a simple recording on my phone.
I feel a bit sheepish about this
(don’t expect Carnegie Hall or anything)
but if you like, you may listen: Abide.

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20 responses

1 06 2011
Sandra Heska King

What a precious way to start my morning. I wasn’t expecting to hear your sweet voice! Thank you for this.

And these colors and shapes! So much like us. So different. So beautiful. When we abide.

1 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thanks, sweet Sandra, for slipping into my living room and worshiping with me. And I love your observation about our differences — we abide in Him and He shapes us according to His individual plan for each one. So dear. So perfectly intentional. So like our God.

Love to you.

1 06 2011
Linda

Such beautiful pictures to go with the Spirit-filled words. Lovely, Jeanne. I must go listen now.

1 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Linda. 🙂

1 06 2011
Barbara Thayer

What a precious post! The pictures were beautiful! The words are even more so. My prayer is to abide in Him for He is the vine and in Him we have life. Thank you for sharing from your heart Jeanne!

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Barbara. You are always such a breath of sweetness. I love it when you leave your footprints here.

1 06 2011
Jane

Jeanne, what a wonderful reminder to me during these frenetic days. Listening even as I write, your music is a call to slow down and return to the one who gives life. Thank you.

It must also be said that these photos are absolutely stunning! They make your lyrics spring from the page. Gorgeous!

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Jane. I’m so glad the music is refreshing for you. This is one of the songs I flee into when I need to slow down and just be. It makes me happy to think it could be the same for you.

Thanks also for your comment about the photos. The produce section has always been an art gallery to me. So one day a few years ago, I took my camera and documented the masterpieces. 🙂

Love to you.

2 06 2011
zena

i have a pastor friend who likes to quote john and say, “apart from me, you can do a few things well…” and then he waits to see who catches it.

apart from him – nothing.

thank you jeanne.

~zena

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Yes. Apart from Him, nothing. And in Him, glorious abundance by grace.

There’s so much rest in that word. Abide. Live. Why would we ever choose not to?

Love to you, Zena. Much love.

2 06 2011
Connie Mace@raise your eyes

Utterly lovely…to abide in Him is everything…thank you for blessing me by your sharing….the music, your piano…His Word

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thank you so much for your kind words, Connie. And you’re welcome, with all my heart.

2 06 2011
Misty

Love love love this post! The colors and close-ups made me crave a salad as well praise God for His glorious creation. Beautiful! (stopped by from Ann’s)

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Misty! Isn’t it amazing that God chose to nourish our bodies with art?

2 06 2011
Caroline

I’m glad i followed the link from Ann Voscamps journal.
This passage of scripture is particularly dear to me.

Your post is just beautiful and full of abiding in Him, such gift, and has somehow allowed the flow of His Love to draw me closer to the vine too : )
Thank you for abiding, and singing – you’ve blessed me this eve x

2 06 2011
jeannedamoff

I’m glad you followed the link, too, Caroline, and even more glad that you found yourself drawn closer to the Vine. Such grace He gives us through each other. Thank you for your kind words. You’ve blessed me, too.

3 06 2011
Angela

What a God breathed post! I felt it. Thank you

6 06 2011
Duane Scott

This post made hungry… and I don’t like veggies.

1 05 2012
Alex Breder

Jeanne, I’m from Brazil. I was watching the “First Love” video (Jesus Movement pioneers) and listened to Paul Clark singing “Abide”. While searching on the net for the lyrics, I bumped into your blog. Wow! What a way to display so catching lyrics: with eye-catching macros! Congrats on your initiative!

1 05 2012
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Alex! I appreciate your kind words. It’s a beautiful song, isn’t it?

Jeanne

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