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Psalm 19:1-4 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (NIV)

It was a very snowy winter. Snow after snow fell, day after day. We lived in a very white world.

As spring thaw began, a team of horses pulling a sled suddenly went down so deep beside the winter-packed tracks that they threw snow over their backs as they struggled getting themselves up again onto firmer snow.

A Sunday sleigh-load of youths secured their horses at the bottom and yanked toboggans to the top of nearby Turtle Mountain in southern Manitoba's Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, but the toboggans only sank in the very deep snow and had to be yanked downhill, too.

A farmer piled a hayrack with dead deer that had not been able to hoof through the snow to eat the old grasses and fallen leaves down under. Afterwards, this was called "The year of the Wakopa starvation." The hamlet's store was running out of food, for the train couldn't run. (Wakopa is long gone from maps.)

But one frosty evening that same winter, men doing their outdoor farm chores of cattle-care rushed into the house: "You've got to see this! Hurry."

We women and children wriggled into coats and boots and went outside.

The whole great dome of sky glowed in vast, tiered circles of rainbow colours: pinky-red, blue, pale green — pinky-red, blue, pale green. From the high centre zenith directly overhead, down to the bare tree-tips of the all-around rim of sparsely forested horizon, the totally brilliant colour was broken only by the immediate farm buildings.

The colours shimmered and swayed gently as we turned ourselves about, staring at that great dome, immense like the prairie sky of summer, yet also so near and intimate.

We were awe-struck, knowing that we were privileged to be experiencing what only God could show us. We were amazed, overflowing with the glory that Isaiah experienced: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory" (Isaiah 6:3b). Even greater still is "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27) — glory that can glow in believing hearts forever, even as Jesus said, until "he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26b)

Let us speak enthusiastically of God's might and the glorious splendour of His kingdom! (Psalm 145:11)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your prayer, "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world" (John 17:24). Thank You for giving Your life so that we can live in Your glory forever. Amen.

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Isabel Allison
Roland, Manitoba, Canada

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the beautiful visual Isabel.

    This is good food for thought, Rod. Thank you.

    I have never experienced such a sight. Perhaps one day? You were privileged.

    Thank you, Isobel, for sharing this devotional. What a winter and subsequent experience! Blessings.

    Glorious Isabel!

    Dear Isabel,
    Thank-you very much for this beautiful devotional. It touched my heart and I appreciated it greatly. May God continue to bless you.

    Hi Isabel,
    A vey good story, may we indeed speak highly of God’s might and the glorious splendour of His Kingdom, and may all those who hear believe.

    Dear Isobel Allison: This brings back memories of northern lights while we came home from YP meetings pulled by horses 6 miles in a wide topped grain sleigh. In 95 years of living I have seen many glorious sights. We have an awesome God. I went to high school that far by covered sleigh even when it was 50 below. That wasn’t surprising back then.

    Isabel Allison greetings, you are so right about Gods glory! It’s Jan. 14th middle of winter here in Ontario, getting done work at 3 am and looking up at a perfectly clear night with a full moon shining through the scattered clouds, stars shining around all of this, just awesome and breath taking! Was once told you are in tune with God when you look up at night and go WOW! Thanks for all your writings and may God inspire you to continue many more.

    Hi Isabel,
    These words even fall short of expressing the wonders He displays to us every day. How blessed we are to have this continual taste of what we will behold when we see Him face to face. I often feel so frustrated when I try to commit some of these wonders to paper when I write about His daily blessings which He pours out on us as His children.

    Totally awesome picture, story. Truth about His power and His glory – and His Kingdom. Isobel Alison, your reflection has had a great effect on my current view of life. It always touches me to recognize how much we depend on others to ‘lift us up’ when we are ‘down’ and when our current circumstances are more than we can handle. How wonderful that you and all the people who write for/arrange and keep this web site going, are willing to continually contribute your own stories for the sake of others.
    I hope you all ‘feel’ the thanksgiving from people who are ‘renewed’ through these reflections. Praise God … forever! Thank you all so much.

    One blessing a Canadian can sometimes enjoy is the Northern Lights.
    I saw them like that when visiting a prayer centre in northern Quebec and it was an awesome experience.
    Thanks for bringing back this lovely memory and for the interpretation you gave it.

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