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Upon the water

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I usually go paddling at least once a year; This year I had the opportunity to go paddling twice: one under the city skylines of Vancouver, and another in the serene slough at Mapleridge, BC.

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It was fun to paddle in the hub of the city and to experience a new perspective of the panoramic view of the city skylines, instead of the usual view by the roadside.

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The waterway was busy and bustling — water taxis picking up and dropping off passengers, dragon boats, canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and yachts — all sharing the same busy waterway.

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As much as I was mesmerized by the various architectural buildings, it was kind of nerve wrecking to be in the midst of these water transport; thus one needs to to keep balance and to avoid being tipped over by the waves created by the boating traffic.

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Upon the slough in Maple Ridge, I experienced a different kind of scenery — peaceful and picturesque, especially on this Autumn weather with its gentle sunlight and cool wind.

I lingered and immersed myself in the serene surrounding along the smooth-flowing slough; and delighted to spot the white majestic Mount Baker ahead.

Suddenly, before I could collect my thoughts, I was seated waist-deep in the water! What’d happened??

Then the sound of giggles snapped me back to reality, my friend from behind laughed uncontrollably as she witnessed me being unceremoniously dumped into the water while the kayak headed to the water’s edge.

As we later figured out, a log beneath the water had tipped the kayak. Thank goodness it was low tide, hence the slough was shallow.

After several attempts and coaching from my friend, I managed to get back into the boat and glided into the sunset, so care free but watchful.

Despite the mishap, I enjoyed being in the open air upon the water and having my soul refreshed.

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Oftentimes children say things that offer us fresh perspectives in a creative way. They see the world with a unique set of eyes and expand our thinking!

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Take for instant, I have been raving about the glorious glowing of autumn leaves that I am now running out of words to further describe them.

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However, while chattering with a preschooler the other day by a row of trees that flashes with brilliant autumn color of amber, gold, red and green, I was inspired with a fresh perspective.

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The little girl was pointing to the branches sprouting with changing leaves and said “I love the colourful leaves dancing on the trees.”

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I asked her why and she responded excited with nodding head “because it reminds me of a rainbow!”

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Wow, what a beautiful “imagination”. Indeed, now as I look at the Fall leaves that unfold before me, I see not only the blazing autumn colours but colorful rainbows of leaves.

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Ah, rainbow… stunningly beautiful and… a sign of God’s promise!

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Genesis 9:12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

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Artist Point

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Autumn vista at Artist Point by Mt. Baker brings true ecstasy.

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As I walk along the picturesque path surrounded with fabulous Fall foliage, I am beyond words.

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Nature invites me to pause and reflect …

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Who paints the evergreen trees and decorates the alpine meadow ablazed with color?

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Who creates the pristine lake and carves out the majestic snow-capped peaks?

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Who scatters the white fluffy clouds that float in the sky?

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Who illuminates the mountain tops with stunning alpenglow?

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And WHO is this Autumn Artist splashing all those splendid artworks,

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so worthy of our praise?

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Rain on me

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It started to drizzle lightly as I walked across the outdoor parking lot, headed towards the building.

On the way there, I overheard a conversation between a father and his child.

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The father was hurrying his daughter to get into the car; “But, I want to feel the rain!” replied the daughter. And with that, she stretched out her hands and twirled happily while embracing the tiny raindrops.

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It was so freeing to see that. I wanted to feel the rain too, to enjoy its sprinkling; but I was in a rush that day so couldn’t pause to enjoy the moment like the little child.

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It rains gently today. Since I have the time, I put on my rain gear and dash out happily… to feel the rain…, the pitter-patter of the drops falling softly over me.

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The sight of the autumn rain is so peaceful and poetic, and I am lost in wonderment.

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Falling into Fall

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Oh pretty Fall, why are you so remarkably attractive?

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Your burst of colors awaken my soul and brighten my day.

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I am falling, falling, falling into Fall…

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Even the Autumn Mums are blooming with delight,

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sharing your vibrant fall colors.

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Autumn Alive

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Joy is the feeling I have when thinking about Fall.

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The lovely hues of the changing leaves are so brilliantly beautiful – red, green, scarlet, yellow, and orange – imitating a kaleidoscope of color!

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Some dangle on branches, some dance in the air, while those that have fallen adorn the path in the park.

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I feel so alive stepping onto the crisp fallen leaves surrounding the enchanting alleyway, then a spark of joy as I immerse myself in its beauty under a colourful canopy of leaves.

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During Palm Sunday we read about crowds of people gathering around Jesus and praising him for the miracles He has done to cure the sicks and to set people free.

Seeing the crowd exuberantly praising Jesus, the Pharisees commanded Jesus to stop the disciples and the crowd from praising. Jesus responded, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40)

“The stones cry out” implies that people will always praise God; and even if people don’t, the rock will praise Him! It has been a catchy phrase that is used to motivate each other to praise God.

During our prayer walk to enjoy God in nature, the children picked up a rock by the creek side and paint on it.

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We wonder… if their rocks would cry out, what would the message be?

Everyone has something special to praise God for.

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And their rock project was showcased at our annual Art of Easter exhibition.

Hosanna, Thank You for the cross!

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Here’s a beautiful link on Gratefulness Rocks.

http://www.teachkidsart.net/gratefulness-rocks/

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