The psalmist calls us to join with all creation in praise of God: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” The opening verses of this psalm present day and night as a continuous process of praise. The very heavens and firmament instruct us in the nature of praise and in bearing witness to the work of God among us.
I have traveled the world and often wonder how folks cannot believe in God. To me, if you’ve ever seen a sunrise or a sunset anywhere in the world, then you bask in the glow of God’s radiance.
In the hustle and bustle that makes up our daily routines, we can forget to pause and notice God's handiwork all around us. Our constant electronic connections distract us from the world at hand. Work and hurry consume our days. How do we slow down enough to listen to creation’s testimony and witness?
Most days I begin the morning with a short run. I time the run to coincide with my arrival at one of the small ponds near my residence, an area filled with ducks and geese. Each day, I pause near the pond and watch the sun rise while the geese take off in flight. Only God can make the sun rise each day and give new mercies every morning. When I lived in Southern California, I would often find myself at the beach in the evening watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. It’s majestic and glorious.
In each of these instances, I took the time to see God’s clockwork in the form of night turning into day and day turning into night. Take time, for “the heavens are telling the glory of God.” Take time to listen to the silent speech of the universe.
Help me, God, to pause for a moment today and watch a sunrise or a sunset. Amen.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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