Vines must be pruned. T life of the vine is strengthened in one part by another part's being cut away. It is necessary business, for only the well pruned vine bears the best fruit. Pruning increases yield.
So also in the spiritual life. We may pray a prayer such as Lancelot Andrewes prayed int he seventeenth century. "O direct my life towards Thy commandments, hallow my soul, purity my body, correct my thoughts, cleanse my desires, soul and body, mind and spirit, heart and reins. Renew me thoroughly, O Lord, for if Thou wilt Thou canst" (Lancelot Andrewes and His Private Devotions).
A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot
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