All God’s Creatures

The tiny mouse paid scant heed to the snow
and cold when I parked in the street.
Out of nowhere, it scurried faster than I
down the street in the early morning
darkness. Where did it shelter? Under
a snowdrift? Just as I, it minded its own
business.

Meanwhile its fat neighbor with the bushy
tail sought refuge under the neighbor’s
covered grill. Maneuvering through our
garden and yard, the squirrel sought edibles
after polishing off the pumpkin remnants.
High overhead on the wires, two huge black
crows took in the sights below.

It never ceases to amaze how all these
creatures in search of sustenance, manage
to find what they need. In every nook and cranny,
they find shelter, comfort and tasty morsels.
To this keen observer of nature’s creatures in our
neck of the woods, I marvel at all God’s miracles. In
this Advent season, may we offer prayers and kindness.

According to rumor, a tiny mouse managed to chew into
the pipe organ In Oberndorf, Austria. Pastor Josef Mohr
wrote the poem Silent Night and the church organist, Franz
Gruber composed the music. In 1818 on Christmas eve,
the congregation sang the music played on the guitar.
Stille Nacht is still performed today and evokes memories
of St. Nicholas Church in Austria.

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23 Responses to All God’s Creatures

  1. I love your observations about the little critters around you.

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    • Anne, thank you for being so astute. I wanted to follow the little mouse, it moved so rapidly, I was unable to. I recall living in the hills in Tennessee and renting a beautiful house while I taught and finished grad work. I opened the basement door to see a mouse who literally leapt in the air and into one of my cowboy boots ( I thought it did…) but couldn’t find it. They are elusive, clever and quick as lightning. Just my humble observations.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Frohe Weihnachten und viel Freude mit deiner liebe Familie, Mary Ann!

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    mit deiner lieben Familie … I meant to say

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  4. God’s miracles are everywhere… Thanks for sharing your lovely words and photos, Mary Ann! Merry Christmas to all! ❤ xo

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  5. Clare Pooley says:

    I love all your photos and your descriptions of the little animals you have observed are wonderful!
    We have recently had a mouse in our loft (in the roof space) and I have lain awake listening to it scraping and scratching over my head and then galloping about as though wearing clogs! I don’t know where or how it got in but it didn’t escape and died up there. I was warned of its demise by a certain aroma…..!
    May you have a joyful and blessed Christmas, Mary Ann! xoxo

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    • Clare, Thank you for such positive feedback to my blog post. I have to tell you that it seems a mouse can get through a space as thin as an envelope! When I taught in Virginia, I used to hear squirrels jump onto our roof from nearby trees. They sounded like elephants. So your description of a mouse wearing clogs had me laughing out loud. Amazing how these creatures can sound so loud and heavy. I am well aware of that aroma. Were you able to get to the carcass or just wait for Mother Nature to do so? My husband and I were outdoors in bitter cold winds over the weekend trying to hang the bird house which was tossed about and only held by a thin wire. We managed to fix it for we never know if and when they will be back to shelter inside. May you have a wonderful, peaceful and blessed Christmas filled with happiness and joy, Clare. It is great to have you as such a faithful blogger friend. oxoxox

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Ahhh … a beautiful post of reflections and snow images to lift the spirits! I too I’m in awe of how the tiny creatures survive the harshness of winter and no wonder the mouse sough refuge in the church and organ pipes!

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