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Windows on the Creator


Immerse yourself in the rich treasury of a conifer forest and absorb its many lessons.

By Suzanne Von Schiltz and Sheryl Dunn

The first thing we notice about an evergreen conifer forest is its fragrance. Its pungent odor actually contains therapeutic value now recognized by science to improve health.* But while the scent of evergreens may draw us, one evergreen in particular—the cedar—repels destructive moths. This is why cedar chests are used to protect linen and wool fabrics. Similarly, the fragrance of a Christian should be “unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are a savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life.” 2 Cor. 2:15, 16.

Evergreen conifers are also noted for their soft hearts and edible seeds. The heart of the sugar pine contains a sweet sap, and its cones contain edible seeds, both of which were gathered by Native Americans for food. Likewise, the Christian who is rooted and

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  1. Adapted from “Evergreens—Lessons from One of Nature’s Best Survivors,” Last Generation Vol. 21 No. 5. 

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