Jesus compared Himself to a vine, the heavenly Father to a vine grower, and His followers to the branches. A vine grower faithfully does some cutting back during the dormant season, allowing for new growth in the spring. Jesus would soon ascend to heaven, beginning a new season for the Disciples. The Lord prepared them for the upcoming experiences of joyful acceptance of their preaching by some but menacing persecution by others. He showed them that love would enable them to handle whatever cropped up. When we find our faith withering, do we pray that the heavenly Father will shower us with grace, cultivate our faith, and help us to flourish in the light of His love?