My Morning Walk

Saturday, April 22, 2006
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1 Corinthians 15:39-41 – And just as there are different kinds of seeds and plants, so also there are different kinds of flesh — whether of humans, animals, birds, or fish. There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. (NLT)

For a moment, I would like to tell of some "treats" I have discovered in unusual places. When I go for an early morning walk, I can't help but notice the ever-changing sky. I listen to the solo chickadee being backed up by an all-bird chorus. I watch tiny critters, alarmed by my footsteps, step out from the roadside bushes and scurry across my path, racing for safety on the other side of the road. My spirits escalate as I watch the majestic eagles soar across the lake, and then perch gracefully on the top of the tree, where they can survey their favourite fishing ground.

During these walks before sunrise, I carry my camera and take pictures of thistles and wild flowers, of empty benches overlooking the sun-drenched lake, of raindrops that wash the stones in the local graveyard, of crows fighting over a piece of roadkill, and of squawking blue herons rising over the lake. These luxuries are free, handmade with care, and offered for my enjoyment by Almighty God, their Maker. On the first nice day we have, why don't we take our cameras and go out and greet the early morning sun. Let's take a picture of the treats God has made for us to enjoy, and when we return home, let's thank Him for these and for the beauty in nature He has given us to enjoy.

Prayer: Dear God, when we pause to see Your handiwork, we stand in awe and thanksgiving. Help us to look for You in the world about us today. Amen.

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Elaine Ingalls Hogg <>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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