I love sunflowers.

Every late summer to autumn we see them along the roadside or in our pastures, the various varieties of sunflowers native to our state.

Tall, coarse and hairy, with stout stems, and a brown center surrounded by yellow rays of petals, their bright faces known for chasing the sun across the sky.

I love that Kansas's state flower is the sunflower. Bright, hopeful, and always ready to follow the Son.