The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
The other morning, I went on a walk before starting my work for the day. It was a gorgeous morning, a bit cooler than it had been, yet sunny.
I came back in and was making a cup of coffee in my kitchen when I heard my balcony door fly open. Surprised, I went to the living room to see the door wide open, rain falling, and a gorgeous rainbow straddling the Atlanta downtown skyline.
It was as if the Lord said, “Come quickly. See what I have to offer you.”
These can be hard days. We mourn the loss of our sense of normalcy, the familiar daily connections that have been interrupted. We confess that we struggle in fear of an uncertain future in these strange times, a season of unknowing and doubt.
We ask your forgiveness, O Lord, when we fail to put our faith in you, when we fail to see the good that is still around us, when we fail to acknowledge You and delight in Your presence. I thank the Lord for the reminder of his presence in the form of a beautiful rainbow.
Lord, I ask you to help us to see our blessings, and to help us see you and your presence in the world. Help us to pay attention to you, to look for you in your artistry and creation, and to listen for your still voice.
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies. For the love which from our birth, over and around us lies. Lord of all to thee we raise this our grateful hymn of praise.
For the beauty of the hour, of the day and of the night. Hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light. Lord of all to thee we raise this our grateful hymn of praise.
(Text appeared in the September 2020 Rehoboth Church Newsletter)