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As part of Advent this year I am participating in #Adventword, an online calendar to help us prepare for Christmas. Each day of Advent is given a word, and there is an option to sign up to receive a daily email. There is also an option to engage by posting a photo every day. This is what I am doing! You can see my daily pictures and reflections on our Facebook page (it will also be updated periodically on the website). 

Here is my picture and reflection from Monday December 14th. 

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

This is a ghost pipe, a plant that does not produce chlorophyll and does not photosynthesize, hence the lack of green. It is parasitic, so instead of using the sun’s energy to produce sugars it taps into the surrounding underground fungal-root networks. They usually only spring up above ground occasionally and under certain conditions. I often see them after a good rain. When they are underground, however, they are still alive and doing important work, it’s just not yet their time or season for flowering.

I need to remember that rest is important work, too. There is a season and a time for it. O God, rest is one of the things that you do; help us to be more like you in that. #rest #adventword

To see more in this series please click HERE to go to our webpage where all the days so far are listed.