The Revs. Smiths’ Message for July 12, 2020

It is warm out there!

If you get the chance, and preferably before it gets too hot, or after it cools down a bit in the evening, go out and enjoy the beauty of summer, the sound of the birds, the wind in the trees, the sparkling water on the lake, the stars at night.

Starry Night” (1888) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890); from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Psalm 148 speaks of praising God.
The whole of creation is in on it.
Praise God sun and moon, mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars, wild animals and cattle, creeping things and flying birds, young men and women, old and young together.
Praise is not about speaking as most of these parts of creation do not use words. It is more about being.

Here is how [American writer] Frederick Buechner (1926–) describes it in his book “Wishful Thinking”:

We learn to praise God not by paying compliments but by paying attention.
Watch how the trees exult when the wind is in them.
Mark the utter stillness of the great blue heron in the swamp.
Listen to the sound of the rain.
Learn how to say “Hallelujah” from the ones who say it right.

Revs. Bob and Helen Smith

This message first appeared in the July 10, 2020, edition of Tidbits.