While in God's Grip!
A few years ago I travelled to Utah to watch my son, Brad, wrestle. Driving along the Wasatch Mountains I was moved by their overwhelming presence, and the power of God's beauty took my breath away.
In today's reflection I share thoughts based on Psalm 90, The Immortal Creator.
Stay in God's grip!
The Immortal Creator
(Based on Psalm 90)
Lord, we know our history and look forward in time,
but You remain our constant.
Before the labor pangs of the mountains,
before the first cosmic particle
even back before the beginning,
You are God.
From the very dust of the earth You
cry, “Go back oh mortals.”
In Your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday,
or like an hour’s sleep in the night.
You remove people, just as the plains’ tornado
wipes a home from its foundation.
We are as winter grass in the Guadeloupe Valley –
In the winter it bursts with green life,
Yet by summer it is quickened and burnt in the scorching heat.
So it is with our life, consumed by Your discipline,
and by Your insight we are removed.
Our inequities are evident to You,
our guilt disclosed to You in a solitary glance.
Each day surrenders each second to Your might.
Our life ends as suddenly as a short story.
Our life span may measure seventy-five years –
If we persevere, perhaps, ninety.
If our life is full of struggles and sadness;
Soon it is over and our soul takes wing.
But, do we take a moment to think of Your love?
Where else may we find respect even remotely
Close to your amazing power?
Treasure each day is a lesson You try to teach
each of us,
Stretching forth before us Your words of wisdom.
By our side, stand Lord, through the long hours
of each day;
Show us Your mercy.
Fill us with Your gift of love,
so that we may know joy,
laughing and singing like children.
Give to us Your grace, so that we may find
ways to dilute the pains of life
Help us to see You more clearly, working
and ever re-creating within us,
so that others may recognize Your glory.
We want so much for God’s beauty
to be upon us,
until our hands find their way to
Yours, and we share in your eternal purpose.
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.