Sunday, April 4, 2010

Beautiful Butterflies

A few years ago I participated in a homeschool co-op with my boys that included a unit study on the Monarch butterfly. I've been in awe ever since... We housed our precious caterpillars and cared for them by periodically cleaning their "cages" and supplying them with fresh milkweed. They got fat fast! Then one day we found them anchored to the roof, hanging in their famed J-shape, preparing for their chrysalises...those beautiful emerald green jewels with touches of gold surrounding the cap. Then we waited. After about two weeks the chrysalises started to darken...turned black...then almost transparent. We kept constant vigil...watching...expecting...knowing. Out emerged our beautiful butterflies...spreading their wings to dry. The boys had given them names...Juni and Carmen after The Spy Kids. We supplied homemade nectar until it was time to release them. After a couple of hours we took them outside, opened their cages, and watched in amazement as they took flight! They fluttered around us as if saying goodbye before flying south. "Adios Amigos!" We had learned they were headed to Spanish speaking lands.
It was a sad yet joyful moment.
Today, on Easter Sunday, I am reminded of those butterflies. Christ's suffering and death on the cross...the empty tomb...our risen and conquering Lord!
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Again...I stand in awe.
Christ is risen!
He is risen Indeed!
Easter blessings dear friends.

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