mid-week evotional

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  • April 18, 2018

    Shoveling


    The snow comes down in heaps.

    All that white mess. It's beautiful.

    But when I look at it now, I see

    only INCONVENIENCE. How much

    of Your world do I regard in this way?

    Why is it so hard to live with

    the beauty of "the way things are"?


    I'm always want my own weather.

    Instead, here are six inches of white stuff

    to glower at. I bundle up and begin the task

    of making navigable trails.

    The shovel rises and falls.

    I am getting heated.


    How many things do I shovel aside?

    How many ways do I have to pile things up

    out of my way? I am always arranging

    instead of appreciating.


    I want to feel a proper shame.

    You've made every snowflake

    in its own pattern. Not one is the same.

    Here they are six inches deep!

    Each an individual.

    How precise and abundant are the forms

    You have given Your creatures.

    How staggering is Your care.


    The snow is shimmering from within itself.

    It has a pale blue light......

    the confidence of its own nature.

    And now despite myself, I feel

    You turning my complaint into begrudging praise.


    I am grateful that You give me

    these new eyes to see Your joy,

    even as it sky-rides into my backyard

    and forces me to come to grips with it.


    ~ Gunilla Norris


    Inconvenience is certainly how I view snow, especially when it is falling in April. Some have quipped that spring has forgotten its way to Wisconsin, while others say, "It's not April 17th, it's January 107th."


    Winter does seem to have lasted a very long time and the recent snowfall has left many despairing of spring ever coming.


    And yet Gunilla Norris invites us to look beyond the inconvenience of the snow and see its beauty. Not only is the fresh snowfall beautiful, but each individual snowflake reminds us of God, the Creator. Just as each flake of snow is unique, so we are each unique.


    The Psalmist tells us we are wonderfully and fearfully made, and over again in Scripture we are assured that we are precious and beloved of God, and in all our uniqueness we bear something of the image of God.


    Let us rejoice in our uniqueness and in our being beloved by the God who made us.



    Blessings and peace

    Pastor Gillian

  • Prayer Points

    Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.


    We pray for all who have lost loved ones that they may know the peace of God.


    Prayers for healing are requested for Ellen and Larry Cardwell, Barbara Armstrong, Bonnie Eastman, Ed Hunt, Nancy Tobias, Dave Perkins, Susie Krueger, Marlene Wilson, Ronald Reitsma - brother of John, Joe Ghilani - son-in-law of Leah Fisher, Ben Johnston-Krase, Mary Larscheidt - sister of Carrie Massey, Mary Jensen- sister of Elaine Jacobson.


    Pray for all who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones and who seek God's healing peace and consolation.


    Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.


  • Deuteronomy 31:8

    The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.