Six weeks ago we had a storm. 

It thrashed our trees; I knew the fall colors would suffer this year, and I was disappointed. Changing trees bring me such joy. 

Yesterday morning, God drew my attention to our young maple in our backyard. The leaves had turned, seemingly overnight, and the morning light was dancing across them. 

I head the words "My light makes the suffering beautiful." 

God shows us how to endure the thrashing, my friends. Look towards the one who created you; you will see the way. 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. -Romans 5:3-5 NLT

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