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 at the end of the berry season, I am “rooting” many shoots which I will transplant to rebuild the cluster.

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.


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Chin, O-P, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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