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Butterflies have been a symbol of transformation and resurrection for Christians throughout history.  Their unique lifecycle of metamorphosis-egg, caterpillar, pupa, adult-was seen as an allegory for life.  The caterpillar symbolized life on earth with its cares and concerns, the pupa was the tomb and the butterfly’s emergence was a glorious picture of life after death in God’s presence.

Transformation and joy in God’s presence can also happen on earth when we are adopted into His family.  Whenever I see a butterfly, I am reminded of God’s love in action, changing me to become more like Him.

Butterfly Exhibit at Naperville Presbyterian Church

Butterfly Exhibit at Naperville Presbyterian Church

Coming up this Easter and continuing through May, there will be an exhibit of my butterflies at Naperville Presbyterian church (943 Sanctuary Lane,Naperville, IL 60540)(www.npchurch.org).  Peter and Marie Walker painted the words and helped hang the exhibit.  I couldn’t have done it without them!  Here’s a few closeups of some of the paintings which are all done in watercolor/gouache.  Enjoy!

 

Old World Swallowtail  copyright Karen A Johnson

Old World Swallowtail copyright Karen A Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted lady copyright Karen A Johnson

Painted lady copyright Karen A Johnson

 
Butterfly Study  copyright Karen A Johnson
Butterfly Study copyright Karen A Johnson

 

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