READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 23:1-8
Psalms: Psalms 95, 102
New Testament: Romans 8:28-39
Gospel: John 6:52-59
Evening Psalms: Psalms 107:1-32
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to
the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his,
for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”
(Psalm 95: 1-5)
My wife and I love Shenandoah National Park and often go up on Skyline Drive to spend a few days and nights soaking up the raw beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.
Sitting on the edge of a rocky cliff on a clear sunny day watching a hawk far below us floating on the updraft of air, making gentle loops as it silently slips across the tree tops, is an experience I’ll never forget. Equally memorable was the day two years ago when the mountain shook during an earthquake and the night last summer when the gales of a very strong thunder storm made our cabin creak and groan as the huge oak trees outside bent in the wind.
I also recall a fishing trip in January a couple of years ago with some friends from Church. We went out on a charter boat with our favorite captain and had an unbelievable day catching and releasing many large rockfish, or as we New Englanders call them, striped bass. We were fortunate to have several hump backed whales breach and blow spumes of water right next to our boat (smelled fishier than the rockfish!). The combination of smooth quiet motion and the whales’ huge powerful bodies was such an incredible and humbling example of sea life and creation all around us.
What a blessing it has been to experience these times of total peace and the sheer power of the beautiful and complex world God has given us in which to live.
GOD, thank you for the beauty and power of this world YOU have given us live in. May we always appreciate this gift and do everything we can to keep and preserve it. Amen.