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Cherry blossoms in spring are among God’s most beautiful gifts. One thing I particularly like about the annual show of pink and white is that the flowering trees go through obvious stages of growth, but each has its own distinct beauty.

Buds first emerge on bare branches, bringing a hint of burgundy to the tree. Soon, however, blossoms burst like popcorn in a show of pink that shouts for attention and overshadows the incipient leaves. The green does come, however, and the contrast between flower and leaf adds another dimension to the display.

With biblical inevitability, a time comes when the flowers fade and fall, but even then they bless the ground with a rain of pink before melting into the earth and feeding the mother tree’s roots with molecular bits and pieces that are bound to emerge again as future flowers.

Resurrection reminders are not limited to Easter. Look around, and you’ll see.

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