Yesterday Susan and I went for a walk with friends at Fort Whyte Alive, a nature reserve and ecology centre in Winnipeg. It was a beautiful afternoon and the deer squirrels and birds were very active. The light coming from the sun, which is remarkably lower in the sky these days, gave a very soft, warm touch to fauna and flora; also to Vince and Kris our friends! I thought I would share a few of the sights that lifted all our spirits. It’s not Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend – but for our American friends – we give thanks this weekend for the wonders of God’s creation. And we give thanks for the freedom to enjoy the natural word around us without fear. And always, thanks for the gift of wonder.