Seeing His Fruitfulness


For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 NRSV
O Lord, it was You 
It is You, Lord 
I heard You in the midst of my extreme need; 
I heard You say, “You have not because you ask not.”
 And I asked of largely of You, 
and You gave… 
O Lord, long ago I trusted in You, and You saved me utterly. 
You took me up from the ash heap, 
   a place of powerlessness and death 
And made me fruitful. 
You made me as a tree whose branches reach out in every direction, 
Bearing Your rich fruits of all kinds and dripping healing waters, 
   resins, and oils. 
You caused my roots to grow down deep 
To tap into hidden reserves of goodness, beauty, and life. 
I put you on anew, O Lord 
I cry out to you anew… 
This joy of fruitfulness is for all who are willing to “put on Christ” and imitate Him in His poverty. It is merely what the good news of the gospel promises. It is merely answered prayer. It is for all who hear him say, “Put Me on, receive Me into your deepest selves, walk with Me in obedience.” [1]
Taking time to reflect on the blessings of the closing year is a powerful and healing ritual for those who walk with Christ. As we pause to reflect, His Spirit enables us to recognize more clearly how His grace has manifested in the real stuff of our daily lives.  Let us end this year rejoicing in His goodness and calling on His name for what lies ahead!
Holy Spirit, come and open our eyes. Grant us to see as You do, to remember Your goodness, even to receive new insight into Your grace deep within us and around us. Grant us the quiet space we need for this reflection, and impart Your joy that glorifies the Father and His Son. We do rejoice in You, Holy God, for You do all things well. And as we turn to receive the gift of the new year, we put You on anew, Lord Jesus Christ. Reign on the throne of our hearts and have Your way with us! 

[1] Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1994), 45-46.
Painting: Alexandre Calame, 1859, Landscape with Oaks [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the books and ministry of Leanne Payne.