Excerpt from sciencemadesimple.com
"The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. That means "putting together with light." A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.
As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can't see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.
The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves turn this glucose into a red color.
It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colors we enjoy each year."
Who knew? I always thought they changed colors because they were dead. Apparently there is so much more to it. So...while you're out and about the next two weeks, enjoy the fall colors but I want to challenge you to think about the process when you do. Is this a season of rest for you like the trees or is this the season for you to step into serving? There is beauty in change, maybe it's time for you to make a change and share a little of your time with your church community.
I would love to hear from you if you are ready to see how you can be a light through volunteering. We have several opportunities and I'd be happy to talk with you and see what works best for you. You can start small or with just a one-time help.
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