Have you seen the leaves? I think God may have outdone Himself this year. The contrasting snow makes the colors even bolder.

And Tom observes, “God so richly providesthateven the dying of a leaf is a thing of beauty.” Amazing! We’re kind of witnessing a resurrection moment.

My daughter was collecting colorful things this week for her art class. Some of them were leaves. But she needed them to keep their color for several days until the project was due. “Is there any way I can keep them from turning brown, Mom?” she asked.

Yes. Beauty is fleeting and life marches on. But I am not without resources. I can delay the demise. I can press the leaf between wax paper. I can save it.

This is what makes me a keeper. I wonder about all things useful and beautiful. What if it hasn’t peaked yet? The beauty may, as we sang on Sunday, be ‘unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.’ Who am I to decide its potential?

So I hold onto it, file it, store it, save it. And I end up with my hands very full.I wonder what God would put in my empty hands if I let go. Perhaps a life that is truly life.

What do you hold onto that is hard to let go?

Imagine if you came empty-handed. What would God put into your hands that would be rich provision?

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
~1 Timothy 6:18-19

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