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A Chameleon, to the Glory of God

Sometimes looking at nature can make me think of all sorts of deep things. Other times I have only one response, “Wow! My God made that!” Recently we spent some time watching this chameleon. It looked us over with its ever-rotating cone-shaped eye. The other eye, on its other side, was looking at something else. […]

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 […]

Sharing What Can Be Shared

This week a tiny red squirrel discovered our bird feeder. He sits straight up underneath it, eating one spilled seed at a time with his wee paws. He’s almost as tall as a blue jay when he sits like that, and he and the jays seem to get along well. I cannot show you a […]

Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

In 17th century Europe, young Maria Merian was fascinated by butterflies. ‘Summer birds’, they were called, and no one really knew where they came from. Raised first in an engraver’s house and then an illustrator’s, Maria learned both the technical details of her craft and how to observe nature. She combined the two to become […]

Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 15-18, 2019

God cares for the birds. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26, while teaching about not worrying) He also said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a […]

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