Canadian Summer Psalm 23
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Canadian Summer Psalm 23

Loving God, to whomwe flock, from whomI wander, I have most everythingI want, my needsare more than simplymet, you’ve more than simply earnedmy trust. You invite my tired bonesto lie down in the grass,and enjoy… You take me to your favouritecamping spotby the laketo watch the water’s surfaceturn to glassat sunset. You restorespirit and soulwith…

Urban Wildlife II
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Urban Wildlife II

Last month I wrote with some nostalgia about little rascals mounting expeditions to find some wildlife to hunt in town and finding relatively little (“Urban Wildlife I,” Feb. 24). Part of this dearth of wildlife in town was due to the diligence of local Dutch residents in keeping things neat and tidy. Bushes were trimmed; trees had no lower branches. Shrubs were mostly bridal wreath (spirea) and ground-hugging junipers.

Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold

The first speech I ever gave as a schoolteacher was called “Seeing Things,” in which I asserted that “believing is seeing.” I was trying to help the hearers “see” in a way which is shaped with the lens of Christianity.

A Strange and Worthy Wonder
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A Strange and Worthy Wonder

MOST ENCOUNTERS with insects involve the chemicals invented to repel them from our bodies and our homes. With termites, our instinctive repulsion prevents most of us from ever examining the nuances of their behaviour; instead, they squat in the subterranean pits of both reality and imagination as undistinguished globs, wholeheartedly deserving extermination.

Wild
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Wild

Over the month of June, we’d been participating in the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Challenge. Each day, we committed to do – or see or find – something wild. It didn’t need to be ambitious; it could be something right on our doorstep. The point was to notice.