When snow falls, nature listens.
~ Antoinette van Kleeff
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
~ Epheisans 5:1-2
The first and second grades are studying Snowflake Bentley, in different ways. The first book is called Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the second is called My Brother Loved Snowflakes; the story of Wilson A. Bentley, the Snowflake Man by Mary Bahr Fritts. Snowflake Bentley was the man who took the first photographs of snowflakes, ever.
In the first book, the story of the photos and the process is the primary focus, in the second, the character and the person of Wilson A. Bentley because the focus. We see the kindness, the passion for learning, the type of brother Wilson was through his brother’s eyes. He played the piano, clarinet, violin and eventually was the church organist in his small town in Vermont.
The word God is never mentioned, the denomination is never mentioned, only one song is mentioned and that is Rock of Ages, a hymn common to at least two faiths of which I am aware. But God emanates from every paragraph, every vignette, every snowflake. Even the first line makes me think of God, “Snowflakes liked my brother…”
We have much in common with the snowflakes, but my favorite thing is that there are no two alike. This has been proven over and over by scientists then and now. We all come from heavenly places, we are on the earth a brief time.
We are formed, fall, melt and return to heaven, like a dance. Isao Tomita wrote a composition called Snowflakes are Dancing which my mom used to listen to in the winter, among other things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM7X4mHEmPw
While we are here, we are to follow the example set for us, by our heavenly parent, by parents that shine as examples that make us want to do good. But mostly, to do as God has done, love.
Today, Lord, help me find that love for the children that chill me to the bone, especially the adult children. Let me see the beauty that you have set within each.
Because of Him,