In the Glory of God ~ Advent 2017
"It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to the end."
~ Deuteronomy 11:12
It snowed here yesterday. What's so amazing about that? We haven't had snow near Galveston, Texas in eight years! So, if course there was a lot of excitement.
It was fun to see parents waking their children up very early in the morning to go out and make a snowman, or experience, for some, their first ever time to make a snow ball and have a snow fight.
For me, it was just an amazing sight to see what is normally green, covered with a layer of snow. Every where I looked, it was as if I were seeing things anew for the first time.
I think that we get so caught up in our lives that we forget to stop and recognize the beauty of this world, until some unusual event causes us to stop and look.
I find that the beauty of this world, the mountains, oceans, the small brook, the shining face of the full moon, and stars that line the galaxy all point to the incredible presence and glory that is God.
It's not that I realize humanity living among all of this is a miracle within itself, but that I get to experience it all as part of that miracle.
It prompts me to attempt to understand exactly who God is, and I find that it not only leaves me breathless, but sometimes even without words.
While it is incredible to comprehend, it is also a reminder that because we all have the same Creator, we are all one.
The same caring hands that formed the lace that embraces the flowers of the field, also pushed forth the tallest of mountains, and causes snow to fall and cover all things, making them appear in ways that makes us notice that creation all over again!
The hands that took dust and shaped a reflection of the Creator, and then blew into it, bringing forth the humanity, did so in a way that we are not only made in the Creator's image, but that we are related; brother and sister.
Does it become overwhelming to consider all that we are part of?
I have learned that this is the glory of the Lord!
Everything in this creation belongs to God! How marvelous to be part of this glory!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.