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Lyall’s passion

It’s spring, and in spring I always think about Lyall Fretz.  Lyall was a member of our congregation who loved to grow things.  Most of his life he grew fruit on the fruit farm he grew up on, but later in his life he turned to growing rhododendrons.  If you want to see some of the fruit of Lyall’s life, take a look at this photo essay that I wrote this week in Lyall’s honour.  You can also copy and paste this address in your browser:


This week’s prayer:   Give us the grace to make wise choices about what we leave behind.

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Wise as a…lizard?

What do ants, rock badgers, locusts, lizards and snakes all have in common? Give up? They are all creatures associated with wisdom in the Bible. See Proverbs 30:24-28 and Matthew 10:16. It’s a bit surprising, actually, especially the snake part. I associate wisdom with owls…probably from children’s stories that talked about the wise old owl. If you grew up in St. Catharines, maybe you remember the big owls carved on the top of the pillars of the old library. Those owls are still the symbol of the library.

I wonder why owls have been associated with wisdom. Maybe because they have very good eyesight and can see in the dark. Maybe because they are pretty quiet and have excellent hearing. Maybe because they always ask, “Who, who”! Interestingly, in some cultures owls are seen as symbols of foolishness or death!

This week in our service we are going to be thinking about wisdom. Who has it? Where do we find it? How do you know if something or someone is wise? We will also be praying for wisdom. Where do you need wisdom in your life?

Today’s prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.


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