When I took a walk last weekend, I saw two leaves on the road. They provided food for thought, so I tucked them into my pocket and they survived the trek home.

The leaves led me to ponder: Why would two leaves of the same type have such a variety of hues? I know, a scientifically minded person would inform me about conditions that would affect them, such as moisture, windy weather conditions, even marauding squirrels (I came up with that one on my own . . . can you tell?).

I have decided on a simpler reason. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot . . .” (Eccles. 3: 1-2).

A time to cling to the branch and a time to let go.

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