From the Pastor

August 2017

1My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul!
2Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.
3I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
4For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 108:1-5

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It seems everywhere you look these days, the world is filled with life. Even amidst the drought we have experienced, life is making its way onward and upward. On my drive to and from the church, there is a family of geese that I have come to look for each day. I have seen them go from tiny baby chicks to teenager geese (I am sure that is not the correct terminology, but that is how I think of them.) I have seen them go from following closely behind their mother to venturing away in the water on their own. And the hills that were once bare and brown, are now covered in thick lush grass and leaves. The world seems so alive in summer time.

So as July rolls out and August rolls in, I can’t help but thank God for the wonder of this world that we have been given to call home. Each flower petal that shares its gentle scent, each tomato that ripens from green to red, each tiny fawn that slowly loses its spots share the good news that God is here! God’s handiwork surrounds us in so many ways. It is present not only in us, but in the glory of all the earth around us.

As we get ready to start up the busy days that Fall usually brings (It’s coming, I have seen the school supplies with my own eyes!), I hope you can take a quiet moment each day and just soak up the glory of God that surrounds us. I hope you can savor the earthy scent of a freshly mown lawn, I hope you can relish the unmatched delicacy of peas straight off the vine, I hope you can hear the song of the choir of feathered friends that fill the air and take a second to hum along.

Today, and every day, God is with us making beautiful things. Today, and every day, we get to wonder at it all. So, today, and every day, for the dawn that awakens us, for the steadfast love that surrounds us, and for the faithfulness that goes before us, may we give our thanks to God!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Tessa Hansen