A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, June 5, 2020
Other special announcement: As you may or may not be aware, Carol Stewart passed away in her apartment last Pentecost Sunday evening. Her family will be having a small private service (within our current pandemic limit of 10 persons per gathering) in the sanctuary at 11am Saturday, June 6.
Persons feeling well and wearing face coverings over mouth and nose
may pay respects Saturday, 9-11am at church in groups of no more then 10 persons at a time.
Others will be asked to wait their turn at the front door.
Please contact Pastor Steve (614-579-8128) to help as a Parking Lot Greeter.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)
One of my preferred pastimes
While sheltering the last three months
As been Ken Burns documentaries.
Such wonderful pictures
Set to such wonderful storying-telling
About prominent American people, places and events:
Baseball … Country Music … Congress … Lewis and Clark
Frank Lloyd Wright … The Brooklyn Bridge … Statue of Liberty
And now I’m watching the series on National Parks.
What stunning places of wonder in our country!
None more awesome to me
Than the Grand Canyon.
I’ve stood on the edge two different times in my life.
Both times I had a hard time deciding when to walk away,
So captivated was I by its wonders of time and space.
All that, to introduce another wonder
More readily at our disposal
Without a four day drive or a 4 hour flight.
And that is the night sky.
Granted, much of its wonder is shrouded
By all of the ambient light in our neighborhoods.
But on a moonless night, you can still make them out.
Better yet though is to find yourself
Sailing at night on large body of water
When it appears 10’s of thousands of stars
Are dangling from the sky almost in your reach
Or lying in a hillside glade
Outside a hocking hills farmhouse
Like we do many times to kickoff a new year for Youth Group.
The stars are stunning enough
To quite 12 adolescents in about 10 minutes without even a “Shhhshhh!”
And stun them quite with wonder for another 10 minutes,
Absorbed in the immensity of the universe
Shooting stars and international space notwithstanding.
Who are we that God cares a lick about us?
In the mission and ministry of God’s Son
Christ Jesus our Lord
And him willing to die on a cross for everyone one of us,
We come to realize each one of us is the object of God’s desire
And all the universe is but another gift.
A gift for us to enjoy
And to share as God entrusts that universe to our dominion.
Amid the social unrest in our country these days,
I can’t help but ponder the immensity of that call.
To realize God’s care for very person we see
marching, rioting, policing, brutalizing.
The universe is made for each of them too.
And we are cared to share God’s gift together with all the rest.
Perhaps we can be inspired to do our own little part,
Knowing the God who created the universe stand with us
And shows the way forward if we’ll but follow his Son. Amen