The Little Grape Stem
Once upon a time there was a little grape stem. This stem was so
glad to be alive... She drank water and minerals from the soil and
grew and grew. She was young and strong and could manage quite well...
all by Herself -- or so she thought.
But then, the wind was cruel, the rain was harsh, the snow was
not one bit understanding, and the little grape stem suffered. She
drooped, weak and suffering.
It would be so easy to stop trying to grow, to stop trying to
live. The grape stem became weak! The winter was long, and the stem
But then the little grape stem heard a voice. It was another
grape stem calling out to her... "Here, reach out... hang on to me."
But the stem hesitated. "What would this mean?" she thought, for you
see, the little stem had always managed quite well... all by
But then, every so cautiously, she reached out towards the other
grape stem. "See, I can help you" it said. "Just wind your tendrils
about me and I will help you lift your head." And the little stem
trusted... and suddenly she could stand straight again.
The wind came, and the rain, and the snow, but when it
came, the grape stem was clinging to many other stems. And
although the stems were swayed by the wind, frozen by the snow,
they stood strongly united to each other. And in their group supporting
strength they could all smile and grow.
Then, one day the little stem looked down and saw a tiny
stem, swaying, frightened. And 'our' grape stem said, "Here, hang
on... I will help you." And the other little stem reached up to 'our' grape
stem, and together all the stems grew... leaves budded... flowers
bloomed... and finally, grapes formed... and all the grapes fed many.
Addendum -- Galatians 6:2 (NKJ) Bear one another's burdens,
and so fulfill the law of Christ.
[ Author Unknown -- from Teresa -- Ed:Anon. ]
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