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maplelf5.wmf (5450 bytes)Take a leaf, any leaf, and look at it closely. You will see that the two side are not alike. The upper side is darker, often glossy and waxen. The underside is paler, sometimes having a protective coating of down. The side of the leaf facing the sun does an important work. Long before this nuclear age, the green leaf has been using solar energy to power the greatest industrial plant on earth. No wheels turn in it, no smoke pollutes the air around it;branch.wmf (3504 bytes) instead, leaves purify the atmosphere. This foliage factory which first, of course, serves the plant itself, uses for machinery the green stuff in the leaf called chlorophyll. With chlorophyll the leaf is able to capture part of that tremendous amount of atomic energy that falls from the sun.

Leaves2.wmf (2966 bytes)As each tiny particle of solar energy called a photon collides with the green in the leaf, the energy leaps into the chlorophyll, setting it aglow. With this energy the chlorophyll smashes open the molecules of water and carbon dioxide that the leaf has taken in through pores from the air. Then it silently reassembles these atoms of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen into new patterns making sugars and starches. These are the basic foods in the leaf.

Chlorophyll has been called the green blood of the world! It is carried in tiny green disks that, like the corpuscles in our own blood, can move about almost asLeaves1.wmf (2966 bytes) if they led a life of their own. When the sunshine is too strong they can turn edge on, or sink, or flee to the sides of the cells. When the skies grow gray, they might do a half roll and turn broadside to make the most of the light, or rise to the top of the cell.

Leaves are the wonderful creation of Almighty God. But where would they be without the sun? God made the sun also. In Genesis chapter one when God had ended His work of creation he saw everything he had made and behold, it was very good--very good, but not perfect in itself. Creation needed Him.

God created man in His image, but like the leaf without the sun, man is helpless without the Son--the Son of God. God gave His Son also that in Him we might be perfect and complete, all that He intended us to be. We are complete in Christ Jesus. He alone can heal our souls of sin and give us everlasting life.

Your life might be very good or maybe it is not so good. Whatever the case, apart from a saving relationship to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, you are incomplete, something is missing. Believing that Christ died for your sins and was buried and arose again the third day and was seen, why not open up your heart and life, and let the SonBthe Son of God, come in.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

                 Revelation 3:20.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.   John 1:12


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