Sometimes there is nothing to compare with a gray, rainy day! Henry W. Longfellow wrote, “The best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.”

In the higher elevations, the leaves are almost gone from the trees. North Carolina had snow and a “thru hiker” on the AT actually had to be rescued because of the severe weather.

No matter how deep the darkness, there is always a promise of fresh hope with God—like the tiny buds in this photo.