Near my house there is a bike path where I run my dogs every day. It was full of thickets and grasses on the left side of the path and a railroad track runs by a woods that edges the great river that supported the lumber industry here during the 1800’s. This past month the Hilton Hotel chain bought the property where I used to park my van and stipped the land bare of its trees and thickets. It looks like a wasteland now, but I am sure the Hilton folks will come in and landscape nicely and it will be a beautiful place once again. During the cutting of the trees I took this picture and now that it is Advent and I have been studying the lineage of Jesus, I thought of this picture while reading Isaiah 11. I pray it blesses you.