Pruning seems so destructive to someone who isn’t familiar with why, how, or when we cut a plant back. Pruning stimulates new growth and fruit production.  In our lives, however, pruning can cause suffering, but then suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. And our hope in Jesus Christ never disappoints us.  We must trust that God knows what He is doing in our lives when we are pruned so we can be more healthy, strong, and fruitful.  This is to God’s glory as we show ourselves to be Jesus’ disciples