God's Beautiful Creation
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord! May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. Psalm 134: 1-3 (NRSV)
John Jen-Chiang is from Hong Kong, China. A recent retreat, he attended included a Sunday worship service that took place shortly after sunrise. John was not accustomed to rising so early on Sundays, so he was not looking forward to it. However, as he walked up the hill and saw the sun rising above a mountain ridge, he was stunned by the beauty of the view. The reflection of the sun's brilliant rays made the surface of the sea look like a golden mirror with birds gliding effortlessly over the surface. The cool breeze of the morning air refreshed him even more than coffee. His annoyance ay getting up early was replaced by an incredible sense of peace.
Meditating and praying in church is one of the ways that John finds peace and rest in his everyday life. But the beauty and wonder of God's creation remind him that we can find sanctuary in every corner of the earth. The Lord of all creation hears our prayers and has blessed us with the abundant beauty and resources of the earth, but we often fail to appreciate them. God's blessings are everywhere, and God is with us in every moment.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of this beautiful earth. Prompt us to be still in the busyness of our lives and to appreciate your blessings, in Jesus' name, amen.