As the vines put out new growth each Spring
so may we be made ready to bear good fruit in the days ahead.
Thank you that vines can flourish in poor soil;
thank you that they can withstand drought and flood;
thank you that they can bear winter cold and summer heat;
thank you that they bring froth fruit that is a blessing and a grace.
Tend us, Lord, as the branches of your vine:
you are the vine and we are the branches;
bless us and keep us all this Spring.

Vines near Sallèles-d’Aude, France, April 2013