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April 2015 Update from Brian Kaylor
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April Showers

by Brian Kaylor

My three-year-old son loves spring. He gets to play outside more thanks to the warmer weather. He enjoys the flowers and loves picking all the "yellow flowers" in our yard (and we're happy he's helping remove the dandelions as long as he doesn't pick other flowers). He also enjoys splashing in the mud after a rainstorm.

It's often said that "April showers bring May flowers." However, that might not actually be true. Research instead suggests that warmer temperatures are responsible for the timing of flowers coming back. Thus, a warm week recently not only brought some of our flowers blooming before spring showers but even before April. Water remains important for flowers but it doesn't bring them back.

When something happens before something else - like April showers before the arrival of May flowers - we can sometimes make the mistake of thinking the first item caused the second. But often there are many interacting and overlapping causes. Reducing events and people down to a simple idea or saying rarely gives us an accurate picture. The beautiful flowers this spring should remind us of that. As we enjoy their new life, we should remember and appreciate the complexity of life.
 

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Upcoming Event

Churchnet Annual Gathering 
April 24-25 at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City

I will be the keynote speaker on Friday night, and will lead a breakout session on Saturday morning. Theme is "Share Hope: Building a Community of Peace & Reconciliation."


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