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The temperature outside today reached into the low seventies. The chilly evenings we’ve had hit the bugs hard, and not one was around to bite me while I dug some holes. It’s fall so it’s time to plant some bushes. There’s an area in front of my house that grass has trouble growing. Over this area looms a large river birch. My wife and I cleared what grass remained and dumped in about three yards of top soil, building several mounds, and just raising the area to be even with the base of the birch tree. The bushes we plant out front are mostly inedible, unlike the variety in the garden that takes up most of the area behind the house.

As the day progressed, the wind picked up and more leaves fell from the trees. I hauled some rock and clay, removed from the holes I dug, around back and stood amazed at the contrast of a large Russian sage bush with red heads and bright green shoots against the brown leaves that collected all over it. And there are still many wild roses with bloom remaining. Thought the mint is thinned now, some is still available for harvest, as are a few cone flowers.

I thought with thanksgiving about the way our G-d provides such beauty amid the practicality of our natural surroundings. Thanks to the Spirit of G-d Who drew me to the Lord Y’shuaJesus, I can look at Creation with wonder and awe. Things didn’t just happen. I didn’t just happen. Like creation, I was created. I belong. I can hear the song from long ago flowing through my mind, “I am my Father’s and my Father is mine.” I am not an orphan. I am a son.

You are a son, a daughter, too.

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 1:29-31

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .