Community in Action January 2, 2021

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work

of his hands.

Psalm 19:1

    I don’t always appreciate the rain, but having lived in California most of my life and having experienced drought more that once I don’t complain when my windshield is speckled with droplets of life giving water.

    I remember hearing Paul Stookey once say that he always prayed in the shower because no one else is making water and his was grateful for the water pelting his body. It is true with all our creativity and innovative juices no one has figured out how to make life giving water.

    So this is why when it rains it reminds me of God’s glory. Rain and spectacular thunderstorms are the words of nature proclaiming we have a God in the universe. And this God is the one who cares for us, the lowly creatures who inhabit this planet.

    I always marvel at storms which shout with loud peals of thunder and which drench the land with buckets of water. I love to walk by the canal or by streams in the mountains after a heavy rainfall to watch the cascading water tumble over rocks and little falls.

    Of course I like it best when I am well dressed for such weather, but sometimes it is even more exhilarating when I am without a bulky coat and a water repellant head covering. Again if I know that I have a place to dry off and warm up it makes it much more appealing, but there is something exhilarating about splashing in the puddles even after the rain stops.

    In my mind I hear the giggles and laughter of the young at heart when they take advantage of the left overs after a good rainfall. The hair matted down over their forehead, the bright smiles which sparkle with the triumph of making the puddle splash beyond its borders.

    What better way to declare a God who has provided us with all the materials to make such a spontaneous dance A dance among the life giving droplets falling without any provocation on our part.

    Let us take advantage of such elements to let the world know we are in accord, we are embracing that which God gives us and experiencing a short moment of pleasure.

    I look forward to 2021 being a year when we can daily proclaim a God who brings the tumultuous seasons as well as the soothing warmth of spring and summer.

    Celebrating our God with you,

    Pastor Randy

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