Pastor’s Corner – May

Gleanings…

If you stop by our home for a visit, you may notice that it is a bit of a climb to get to the front door.  The sidewalk and steps require no little effort to ascend.  Then one has to be careful descending, too.  You may also notice a bed of flowers where their color and beauty can be appreciated while one navigates the sidewalk.  And, if the wind is blowing, one may notice a colorful windsock and the sound of chimes.

We love the sound of our windchimes.  The wind blows for most days and we can hear their music throughout the house, day and night.  Their music touches the lives of our neighbors and the U.S. Mail carrier, as well.  They tell us how lovely the chimes sound and how much they add to the peace of the neighborhood.  We are grateful that others enjoy the beauty of their sound.

In addition to making music, they add another dimension to our lives: Our chimes and windsock make the invisible wind visible.

One of the first Hebrew words I learned was the word ruach.  Also spelled, ruah, it is the word for wind, spirit, and breath.  It is what God used to give life to the creatures God fashioned at Creation.  And it is the restless movement of air across the surface of the earth.  Its power can move mountains, part seas, and still be gentle enough to bring a prayer of thanksgiving on a still, hot day.  There is so much about the wind that we depend upon, yet, without something to color it, we never know it’s there.

Except when it pushes the wind catcher on our wind chimes and the music starts again.

What a gift of God to create something so necessary and wonderful, and to do so without calling special attention to it.  But, isn’t that the way God has always been present?  God’s love always seems to come in ways that do not scream “GOD!”  Instead, we are challenged to discover God’s presence in the invisible, in the mundane, and in the natural beauty of creation.

I expect, as we enter into late spring and the beginning of summer, to see more evidences of God’s love as plants grow, flowers bloom, and the wind washes over us.  I also expect there will be more moments of awe followed by prayers of thanksgiving for God’s presence as we continue through the year.  What a blessing it is to see, to feel, and to hear the witness of God’s love for all.

I am reminded of a song that is based on Isaiah 55:12 and I will close with its words.

The Trees of the Field

You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace,

And the mountains and the hills will break forth before you.

There’ll be shouts of joy and the trees of the fields

Will clap, will clap their hands.

And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, (clap, clap)

And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, (clap, clap)

And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, (clap, clap)

While you go out with joy.

Pastor Braxton ><>

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