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When Hurricane Sandy moved through the Washington DC area, the wind and rain toppled a tree in front of Samantha Friedman’s home. The tree smashed an unoccupied car and blocked the road in front of her home. The next day when Friedman came home from work, she was glad to see that someone had removed the tree from the street, but was surprised to find new patio furniture on her front porch. She found a table and four stools made from what appeared to be the remnants of the tree. Someone had even placed cups, saucers, and a teapot on the set to complete the look. Though she asked several people, no one knows who made the unique furniture, and the urban cleanup team from the city claims they were far too busy that day to make furniture out of a downed tree.

Most of the people Friedman contacted expressed appreciation for the bright spot of hope in the midst of such a serious situation. Friedman has decided to keep the new furniture. She said, “It’s very quirky and adds this welcoming environment to the front porch.” She noted,” It’s a very cute little mystery. I wish I knew who made it so they could get the credit.”

— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Mystery patio set possibly made from fallen tree turns up on Wodley Park porch, by Rachel Karas, http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/mystery-patio-set-possibly-made-from-fallen-tree-turns-up-on-woodley-park-porch/2012/11/01/3a8489f0-244b-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_story.html?tid=pm_local_pop, Accessed November 2, 2012

James 1:17 (HCSB) “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.”

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