Flowers Of Finnsnes

Sorry for the rather meager posts this week. There have been a lot of distractions, including moving house and concern over temporal things. We would value your prayers as we face potential problems with our (Ruth’s) car in the US, and issues over health insurance, driving license and delays in the shipping of our ‘stuff’ from the US.

As I walked to work this morning, I was reminded of Jesus words, recorded in Matthew 6:

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.

Whilst there are no wild lilies here (that I could find), and despite a rather ‘patchy’ summer, there are many flowers, both wild and cultivated (and I suspect, some escapees), which have sprung up in recent weeks. With 24 hours of daylight, everything grows very quickly. It’s noticeable that gardens which were meticulously tended and trimmed once the snow was gone, now look like wild meadows where the owns have gone on holiday for a week or more.

Our new apartment is just 5 minutes walk from the church, and this morning I took pictures of the wild flowers growing on my walk through the town centre. I’m not sure what they all are, but some are easy, like the ubiquitous dandelion, clover and buttercup. Also note the bee in one of them, which raises the question, do they migrate or hibernate?

There are probably other flowers too, and I didn’t include the wide variety of grasses and fungi which are also here.

Updates will continue to be sporadic for a while, until I get internet at home.

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One response to “Flowers Of Finnsnes

  1. Hello Jon! I love to read your posts. I am sorry to hear that you and yours are wading through some rocky streams. Please let us know if we can be of help to Ruth or to you there in Norway. We miss you terribly, but pray for you daily. Love to each of you!

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