During the storm last week ….. many branches came off trees. I was actually sitting under a Pohutukawa tree watching the waves when I decided maybe that was not a very wise thing to do! But storms have a way of separating the weaker branches. Jesus taught his disciples to ‘abide in the vine’. Branches that are not firmly connected to the tree will not produce any fruit ….. and will therefore be cut off. It’s in the storms of life that we really need to be connected to the source of life ….. strength ….. and sustenance. Jesus is the Vine ….. and we are the branches. How is your relationship with Him. Are you firmly connected or are you barely hanging on? How will you fare in a storm? Now is the time to strengthen that connection before the next storm comes!