May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field! May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! Psa 72:16-19
“June is busting out all over” and the power and beauty of the creation is fantastic! You didn’t know Eloise Cunningham of Mishawaka, In. but I did. When I was but a boy she was old and her husband was retired. The Cunningham’s were old but they were not tired! You could tell by the vast array of flowers that surrounded their modest little cottage home! Their flowers were huge, colorful and immaculately groomed. When we stopped by their house on a Sunday afternoon in June we found the display stunning. (As farmers we were more likely to see beauties in corn, beans, wheat and hay, but their flowers were magnificent!) Often their flowers appeared on the altar and Eloise always commented, “Maybe some of my flowers will be used at my funeral – don’t buy any from the store if mine are in bloom”. And that’s the way it worked out.
The beauty of creation is an important gift from God! Summer (as is fall, winter and spring) is a great time to take in the wonder of God’s powerful and beautiful creation. As we read though the 1st article of the Apostles’ Creed we confess that God has made this world and all that it in it – including us! Enjoy it, breathe it and photograph it! It really is grand!
Eloise enjoyed her flowers, but they were not her greatest joy or desire. She loved Psalm 27, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” We don’t worship the creation of course, but we do enjoy it and it can inspire us as it did the Psalmists of old! Judy is becoming a bit like Mrs. Cunningham! We have a beautiful back yard thanks to her green thumb and faithful grooming! This is a piece of Judy’s handiwork in our back yard>>>>>