Signs of the Times

The P. E. O. Record

William Goddard Sherman, Pastor Snyder Memorial Methodist Church Jacksonville, Florida
in The P. E. O. Record
Des Moines, Iowa

In both the Old and the New Testaments the religious life is portrayed metaphorically as a vineyard. Jesus said that he, himself, is the vine, and that his followers are the branches. In the Song of Solomon the same metaphor is used. The grapes are the fruits of the godly life, and the foxes are the sins which destroy the fruits....

The little fox of neglect is one of the most detrimental to the Christian vineyard because it undermines the foundation of spirituality. Our neglect does not spring from evil intention, but from preoccupation. The Christian today is always busy, and in his busyness of life he does not find time for prayer and Bible study. Meditation has been called one of the lost arts, and is associated in many minds only with the monastic life.

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