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Today's Creation Moment

Life Under the Sun
Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun...
The Book of Ecclesiastes keeps on referencing the world "under the Sun". What does the writer mean by this? The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to in Hebrew as Qohelet. This word...

Hot Flowers

Song of Solomon 2:11-12
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over [and] gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...”

At the end of winter, when so many of us become weary of winter and look forward to spring, it might seem a little early to be talking about flowers blooming. You might like to know, however, that man is not the only one of God’s creatures who would like to welcome spring a little early. There are some 2,500 species of plants that actually generate heat when they flower, and many of them are heating up beneath northern snows.

Bloom of the skunk cabbageAs early as February in western Pennsylvania, the skunk cabbage begins to generate enough heat to melt the ground and snow around itself so that it can begin to grow and flower. Even if the air temperature is zero degrees (F), the skunk cabbage can raise the air temperature around its flowers to 50 degrees – the temperature it needs for flowering. Plants in the same family begin heating up across the northern climates around the world.

Sometimes it seems as though the entire living world strains toward spring at this time of year. In the midst of widespread fears that the weather has somehow gotten seriously off track, spring should remind us of what the Lord promised Noah and his descendants – all of us, and all living things – “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

Dear Father in heaven, I thank You that You comfort me and all living things with the promise that You will preserve the conditions necessary for life on earth until the day that Your Son, Jesus Christ, returns to take all the faithful home with Him. In His Name. Amen.
Photo: Bloom of the skunk cabbage in the spring before leafing. Courtesy of Sue Sweeney. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.