First Church Family,
I pray that you are well, and are enjoying God’s gift of fall weather.
The Psalmist writes:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 NRSV
Though I love these verses all year, they are especially meaningful to me during the fall, when God’s creation is ablaze with color.
What a privilege it is to live right where we do! And to have the gift of God’s wondrous creation in front of us every single day.
Once when transporting a van of youth in one of my mountain churches to a district event, I asked them to notice God’s majestic mountain handiwork. One of my youth responded: “Oh Dave, you’ll get used to it, and it won’t seem that great then.”
I remember thinking that we often do get used to God’s gifts and, in time, begin to take them for granted. I pray that may not happen to you and me, for we are immersed in God’s creative beauty every day.
This Sunday in worship, we will continue to explore God’s promises. And then at 2:00PM, on our front steps, we will have our annual Blessing of the Animals service. It’s always a joy to be together with our friends and our pets on that occasion. Join us if you can.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.