On a trip through the mountains, aspen trees quake in glorious splendor, ablaze in orange and red and gold.

Rarely will you find a lone aspen—they grow in stands or groves.

Why? Because aspen trees grow together, not separately. The visible part of a tree is not the entire part. Below the surface, roots intertwine. So much so that a group of aspen is often considered a single organism called a clone, separate from another nearby.

When a forest fire sweeps across the mountain, all the trees in the forest may be charred past regrowth. The root system, however, remains underground, waiting for ideal sprouting conditions. Often the white bark of aspen saplings are the first sign of a forest recovering and regrowing.

This week, Colorado is ablaze with the colors of Fall. And every orange and golden leaf brings with it the reminder that we’re better together.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

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