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November 22, 2013

Verna Davis: Hold onto Jesus in this storm we call life

Some days I find a column idea that is running through my brain, fully formed with words just itching to appear on my computer screen. Some days I search for a column idea and find my brain is empty and no words appear on my computer screen no matter how much I cry and whine about it. Then, some days, someone will say something, and some idea will explode in my heart and I can't eat or sleep or do anything until that certain something becomes a column. That's what happened this morning.

Before our Tuesday morning Bible study, one little (really, she's pretty short) lady said, "I have something I've got to say." I'm going to try to do my best to spend the rest of this column telling you, in her own words, what my friend June Hight had to say. (If you run into June, you will recognize her right away. She'll be the shortest one in the room, but she'll have the biggest smile!)

"I have something to say, girls. Did you notice how stormy it was Sunday? The wind was blowing so hard it blew all the leaves off the trees. However, I did notice there were three trees in my neighbor's yard that still had leaves on them. Even with all the wind, and even though every other tree in my neighbor's yard was stripped to the branches, those three trees were full of dark red, almost purple leaves still clinging to the branches.

"Then, when I got to town, I noticed there was another tree just like the ones in my neighbor's yard. It was also full of leaves. I can't imagine how those leaves were able to stay attached to those trees what with all the wind we had.

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