to spread cheer, hope, and love
Inspired by hearts on windows and chalk messages on sidewalks, Mary suggested that butterflies be placed on the pine tree next to the Trinity Shared Ministry sign. This tree was a gift from a former minister to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clearwater United Church. It survived pine beetle and thrives. With not being able to gather for worship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing, we hope the butterflies will be a sign of joy and hope to the community.
On March 22nd, the first Sunday when our services were suspended, Mary, Joanne, and Lorne added more butterflies to the tree along with a sign of explanation: “Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.” Then, while keeping appropriate distancing, Lorne, playing violin, accompanied Joanne and Mary as they sang a few hymns including “All is Well with my Soul” and “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”. It was an inspirational time, and there was a sense that the project was blessed.
Some butterflies were crocheted and others were made from card paper, wire, or lace and beads; all whimsical, creative, and cheerful. May all who walk by smile and find a spark of joy in the display.
These pictures were taken over time so there are also signs of spring if one notices that the snow is receding. That, too, is a sign of hope.