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Butterfly Chrysalises and our Children’s Salvation

The other day I spent 40 minutes watching a butterfly ‘nursery’. A few butterflies had partially emerged from their chrysalises. Some were dangling from their empty former home, occasionally flapping their tiny, awkwardly-shaped wings. Others, already looking like proper butterflies, rested or tried out their long new tongues,* curling and uncurling them repeatedly. The most […]

Jesus is Even Nearer than Spring

  The snow has slumped in on itself, like a tired mom at the end of an exhausting day.  Every drift is smaller than it used to be, every ridge rounder.   Near tree trunks I see how much the snow has settled and at the edges of the road I see wet smudges and tiny […]

Sunlight Slanting on Snow

When the afternoon sun glows golden and light slants through trees and windows, I am filled with joy. It is my favorite kind of light. In the winter, it spills warm and yellow onto the snow and the long shadows become blue and purple. Jesus said he is the light of the world. (John 8:12, […]

Butterflies at the Canadian Museum of Nature

We when walked into the butterfly exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature we were immediately surrounded by enormous blue butterflies.  They and others fluttered busily around and between us, fragile miracles heedless of danger.   Brilliantly colored, they were everywhere, feeding on fruit, resting on greenery or windowsills, terrifying babies with their enormous size […]

Old-Fashioned Winter

The last few years our winters have been rather tame with little snow and no dramatic temperatures, but this week was different: Sunday, church was cancelled because of snow on the roads. Monday, nearby school buses were cancelled because of extreme cold. Wednesday, school buses were cancelled because of snow on the roads. Thursday, school […]

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