My Blackberries were Dying Out
A few years ago Kay and I planted a thornless blackberry bush in our garden. This year the bush began dying out. However while Peng Len Thakbal and I were working in the garden plot we found a shoot from an existing bush that had leaned over and rooted itself in the soil. We clipped that shoot and Peng Len took it home to start his own bush (Peng Len is now sharing from the abundance of his garden with others).
Now for some scripture: Except a grain fall into the ground and die it will not bear fruit. I have sent you that you might bear much fruit.
Certainly the fruit of salvation is a primary meaning in this passage but there is also another level of meaning that has to do with taking care of new arrivals in our land. When we give of ourselves to others, God will make us stronger. I can testify to this, in my 4 years of working with Burmese arrivals I have found my spiritual life has become stronger.