October 29

God does great things that we cannot comprehend.  Job 37:5

From him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever.  Amen.  Romans 11:36

I believe that God loves beauty, and that he has created beauty in this world for our viewing and awe and pleasure.  And not only beauty but power and majesty too.  As our scripture verse says, “to him be the glory“ for those things that cause us to “oh” and “ah” and marvel at the sights before our eyes.

Having just returned from a trip to the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, my thoughts are full of the beauty, the power and majesty of God’s creation.  I saw wondrous colors of red, orange and yellow on the autumn leaves. which were colored by his hand.  I stood in awe as I gazed at a river where the strength of high tide actually makes the water reverse direction. I watched as the rocky shore of the Atlantic Ocean was pounded by waves that sent sprays of water twenty feet high.  I was mesmerized by the sight of a finback whale as he appeared and disappeared in the water.  I felt blessed to experience all that I saw.

Of course we don’t need to travel thousands of miles.  Beauty, power and majesty are all around us.  Our Minneapolis lakes, the water pouring over the falls at Minnehaha Park, flower gardens, tall strong buildings, our state capital, our own church.  As someone has said, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and so we each find our own ways to see the wonders of God’s creation.  May you today be blessed with beautiful, powerful and majestic sights to see.

Holy God, you have done amazing and marvelous things.  Thank you for eyes and ears with which to see and experience what you have made.  Help us to see beauty in the faces of those people we encounter today.  Give us the power to love with your kind of love.  Amen

Joan Perlich