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But how can this fruit bearing be accomplished when one is in the midst of a serious struggle, major loss, or troubling challenge? Henri Nouwen wrote about being fruitful during hard times in You Are the Beloved. He claimed that our fruitfulness often comes out of those very times when we have been raked open like hard ground by something that leaves us vulnerable and powerless: “And the mystery is that our illness and weakness and our many ways of dying are often the ways…that will allow us to be more fruitful if lived faithfully. Precisely where we are weakest and often most broken and needy, precisely there can be the ground of our fruitfulness.” Nouwen reminded us that something new can be raised during hard times—even from something as hard as death.