From the Pastor
This note is from our Director of Congregational Life
“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful, in love God made them all…”
We’ll sing that refrain throughout the month of July as we look at wisdom literature. We’ll spend time looking at Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and we’ll hear stories from church members about wisdom and wonder (I’m so excited to hear from these folks!)
Much practical wisdom comes from our lived experience; an appreciation of God’s good creation helps us live wisely and live into the wonder all around us. And so I recall a wonderful experience I had in God’s good creation. It’s ironic that this experience was nearly one year ago to the day. On June 22, 2016, I wrote:
Have you ever…been singing a song, a song you know well, a song you know by heart—you could sing it in your sleep—and then, THEN, the artist or radio or HYMNBOOK changes the words on you. Just like that.
Me neither. Except all the time.
I typed the chorus to “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and realized the Chalice Hymnal uses a slightly different phrase than what I was singing. While some quick research showed both phrases are popular, I was singing “the Lord God made them all” and I felt struck with the version “in love God made them all.” Such a small shift in language shifted my mood. Of course God made all things in love. Our LORD GOD made ALL THINGS IN LOVE.
In love, God made all creatures great and small.
Through his bedroom window, my son and I noticed neighbors gathering outside early Monday morning. When I stopped staring at the neighbors and followed their gaze, I saw a single deer in our front yard.
Tommy insisted it were a reindeer. Either way, it was beautiful. We stared for a long time. That long, silent stare was wonderful (I love how creation slows me down; I love how creation slowed down my son that morning–that’s rare!)
Our Lord God made all things in love.
I think we are wise to slow down and live with awe and wonder.
Learning to live with awe and wonder,