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Frozen Water

This week trees dripped with tiny icicles from an unusual episode of freezing rain. Some of the icicles stayed for more than a day, softening the evergreens and spring-colored bushes into pastel versions of themselves. Water hurried through the ditches but when the cold overpowered the current, it crystalized into glassy sheets and patterns. There […]

Slow Spring

A slow thaw from Monday, above, to Friday, below. Although it spring is coming very slowly, we know it’s on its way.  The red-winged black birds are back and so are many other early morning songsters.  We even saw a robin last week! As it snows again today, I remember God’s promise to Noah: While […]

Clouds

We have some amazing clouds at times. With air masses often colliding over our region, our skyscapes are can be much more intriguing than those of the prairies where I grew up. But sometimes even non-dramatic clouds lead to questions. A few days ago we had these silky, almost polished clouds on one side of […]

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 […]

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