In honor of Earth Day, I could post a lot about how we are caretakers of the Earth. I could post about how we should use the 3 R's: Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. I could post about being aware of climate change, global warming, pollution in the air, water and land. I could post a lot of facts and data to help some become aware of what we have done to the Earth in the past, what we should do in the future and what we can do right now. I could post all that. Instead I will just post a picture from where I live.
taken at the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan in April, 2018
These are the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, and because of skies which are not polluted, I can view this amazing and awe inspiring performance of nature. This is why we celebrate Earth Day and make it our responsibility to take care of this planet.
Happy birthday to my wild child! AJ is my youngest son and to say that he is different from his brother is an understatement. He is so brave about so many things-much braver than I was at his age. And I like that! He is a super football fan of the Detroit Lions which means he is following in his mother's footsteps in that regard. He loves cars, trucks and especially jeeps. He can pull one apart and put it back together. This is so unlike anyone else in the family. It is his own specialty. He has tattoos which I had to get used to but they are quite artistic, I have to say. He has a big heart for family and friends.
When our children are born, we parents always think about what kind of people we would like them to become. Our hopes and dreams for them include not just all the positive things we want for them but also the negative things we hope they never experience.
AJ has surpassed all my hopes and dreams for him. There have been ups and downs but the ups have outweighed the downs. I am proud of the man he has become and I am so happy to call him my son.
I saw this picture and it reminded me of the meaning of Jesus' Crucifixion and ultimately His rising from the dead on Easter Sunday. This life we have on earth is merely the preliminary of what we consider our greatest purpose which is to live eternally in heaven with God. All the afflictions, worries, sorrows and fear will vanish and we will enter heaven to bask in the joy and blessings of God's love.
"I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2b)
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." (Rev. 21:4)
This statue shows a Christian woman who is old at death's door. As she passes from this life to the next, she is no longer sick or old and does not carry the burdens of this mortal life. She is welcomed by her Savior into eternal life whole and strong to live forever in heaven. What a promise, what joy unspeakable! Sculpted by Jerry Anderson http://jerryandersonstudioandgallery.com/
Most people see the Robin as the first sign of Spring. They get all excited when they spot one on the front lawn or in the backyard. It gives them the hint that soon there will be green grass, blooming flowers and trees, and lovely weather. That is especially true for those of us who live in places that have snow till April.
But for me, my hint of Spring came in a different form. It came as a rather plump partridge walked out from under a large evergreen tree in my backyard and waddled its way across the snow to reach my poor, bare apple tree. Once there, it flew a very short way to the first branch and sat there surveying the scene around it before flying down to the snow once more and waddling back under the evergreen tree. It's visit wasn't very long, only about an hour or so, but it brought with it a brief glimpse that Spring in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was coming. With the cold and snow on the ground still, we "Yoopers" will take every hint we can get.