Refuge From The Fire

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Refuge From The Fire

Comments by Frank L. Hoffman - 10 Oct 2000

My first reaction to seeing this photo was one of awe - a mixture of beauty and destruction. I saw in the flames the fires of hell, and the stream as a place of refuge for the escaping deer. I recalled that when John Wesley was saved from a fire in their family home, his mother, Susanna, referred to him as "a brand plucked from the fire" (Zechariah 3:2), and I thought, so are these deer.

My other thought was of the terror that this fire must have caused all the animals of the forest, and how similar this terror must be to that suffered by the billions of animals that are led to slaughter each year, but for them there is no cooling stream of escape and refuge.

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