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The Coming of Spring and Easter February 26

richnessThe heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
One day tells its tale to another,
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
Psalm 19

The words of this well-known psalm have been rendered artistically in many different ways. For example, the  choral piece The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s The Creation offers a traditional retelling of the psalm.  However, the picture above of farm life in winter shows another aspect of “God’s handiwork”– the wonders to be found in the everyday world around us; the things that at first might seem plain or ordinary, but are indeed “God’s handiwork” if we choose to look at them with fresh eyes.

Pema Chodron talks about the earth’s fundamental richness:
Fundamental richness is available in each moment. The key is to relax: relax to a cloud in the sky, relax to  a tiny bird with gray wings, relax to the sound of the telephone ringing.  We can see the simplicity in things as they are. We can smell things, taste things, feel emotions, and have memories. When we are able to be there without saying, “I certainly agree with this,” or “I definitely don’t agree with that,” but just be here very directly, then we find fundamental richness everywhere.  It is not ours or theirs but is available always to everyone.  In raindrops, in blood drops, in heartache and delight, this wealth is the nature of everything. It is like the sun in that it shines on everyone without discrimination.

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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