The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Each year my wife and I hear the same question. Those who stop to admire our garden ask, "How do you grow such big tomatoes?"

My wife answers that her mother taught her the secret to raising vibrant tomato plants: Tomatoes require pruning.

Often I've gone into the garden in the evening to find the ground littered with wilting tomato branches, "suckers" my wife ruthlessly stripped from the plants' main stems. Pruning forces the plant to devote more energy to producing fruit instead of branches and leaves.

The beneficial effects of pruning aren't limited to plants. There are many times when I've been pruned, when my life has been cut back. A part of me dies, yet I discover new life.

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