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The Road to Paradise, CA

The road to Paradise is lined with burnt trees from fires past and present. The sky, which hasn't been seen for weeks, is full of wildfire smoke. The once beautiful colors of sunrise and sunset have been replaced with the traumatic memories sights, sounds and smells that came when their town burned down.

I imagined that wildfires covered the landscape like a blanket destroying everything in its path, but the unexplainable whim of the wind that carried fire to one neighbor's house without touching the next, left the people of Paradise reeling.

Paradise Lutheran Church was spared, but a few feet away its parsonage burned down. The first congregation to get their water back up and running, Paradise Lutheran has been feeding the hungry and housing those in need ever since.

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