Finding new gems among the old

Just dead leaves, right? The fall leftovers of a clematis vine that I haven’t managed to trim away yet. Nothing special to look at. But look closer…

Frosted Leaf.

Maybe look even closer…

(Consider clicking on photos for a more detailed look)


Frosted Wood


It’s nothing more than frost. But among the old, brown and curling leaves there are glimpses of something new and beautiful. You won’t see it if you aren’t looking carefully.


In writing, I discard a lot of words — words I’ve struggled to create in sentences sometimes days in the writing. My method of discarding is to copy and paste them into a new blank document before deleting the originals. I may never use them, or perhaps I will, but in a different part of the story, or in an altogether different manuscript when I suddenly see them in a fresh way. Sometimes they might end up being the perfect gem in a new setting.


In Advent, the old crumbles away as we look toward the newness of a hope reborn and of a peace that is ours because of God’s promise. There is to be a precious remaking of life itself, revealed in the stripping away of the past. If we look closely, we will see a new creation!


So if anyone is in Christ,
there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
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3 thoughts on “Finding new gems among the old

  1. Shari Green says:

    Grace and wonder abounds when we keep our eyes open to the world around us and our hearts open to the God among us.

  2. Carol says:

    “Grace and wonder”… yes, that’s a good way to put it. Thanks, Shari!

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