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Thoughts and musings on faith and our mighty God!


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Connections

As one part of God’s creation we are connected to all parts of His creation.  There is a special connection that exists between all living creatures.  At the same time we are also blessed to be able to sense a connection to God’s presence in nature and in the rhythms of nature.

Once in a while I am blessed by a moment of connection to an animal.  Sometimes while walking there will be a deer or a rabbit just off my path and for just a moment we look into each other’s eyes.  I can sense a connection between us that can only come from our common creator.

Nature can also create the same sense of overall connection.  It can be in the breeze that sways the leaves on the trees or in the movement of the grass.  It can be in the gentle rain or in the powerful thunder and lightning.  These are just a few examples of the many ways we can connect with God.

God wired us to be connected to and in relationship with Himself and all He created all of the time.  But the greatest desire of God is for us to be connected to each other.  In today’s reading it states: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.”  It is pleasing to God and it is why He designed faith to be practiced in community.  Through our connections to each other we find love, support, encouragement, accountability, help, learning, and much more.

In the greater sense of being connected to all of God’s children, we are called to go out for the purpose of bringing the lost into our communities of faith.  Jesus named this as the second greatest command: to go and make disciples of all nations.  Let us make the most of our opportunities today!!

Scripture reference: Psalm 133


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As We Begin

Psalm 8 is both humbling and empowering.  It poses the question, “what is man that you are mindful of him?” amidst the reflections on all that God has amazingly created.  Yet the psalm also acknowledges that God made man “ruler over the works of your hands.”  Within the setting of this psalm though it is a ruling full of love, respect, honor, and care.

“Turn, turn, turn…”  Ecclesiastes 3 is also a great passage to start off 2015.  ‘To everything there is a season.’  Yes, remember the great Simon and Garfunkel song – a time to be born, a time to die, a time to…  This passage (and song) is such a great reminder of the natural give and take that life really requires and that is a part of God’s plan.

As we begin a new year, may we take a moment to consider where we fit in and contribute to this masterpiece that God has created.  To contribute we must be attuned to the world and people around us.  Our common experiences combined with our common faith connects us together in one huge family.  May God grant us eyes to see His world from His perspective and hearts to live and love as He loves.

Scripture references: Psalm 8 and Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13