Labor Day weekend signals a winding down of summer, and this will likely go down in my own personal history as “The Summer of the Empty Nest.” This stay-at-home mum has had all she could do this summer to simply stay at home, and while I’ve struggled to keep up with all the things that are impossible to do from a distance (like canning tomatoes!), my eyes have borne witness to the miracle of beauty in the midst of weddings and camping trips and a visit with a far-away grandboy.
In Psalm 66, the choral conductor provides lyrics and gives the downbeat to begin my heartfelt response to tall New Hampshire pines, to Colorado’s rugged beauty, and to the familiar green meadows around this country hill.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;Psalm 66:1-3
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
With a sixteen quart kettle of spaghetti sauce bubbling on the stove right now, I’m in awe of God’s miraculous provision of food through a plot of rocky soil. Yes, I said miraculous, even though it took planting and weeding and picking and some messy business to get from round, red veggies to thick, fragrant sauce. C.S. Lewis’s observation jerks me out of my complacent acceptance of the personal power behind every day wonders:
God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities. Thus every year, from Noah’s time till ours, God turns water into wine!God in the Dock, 13
The Miracle Goes On!
So, in February, when I pour this summer’s sauce over noodles or serve dilly beans with Thanksgiving dinner, I’m invited to a little reenactment of Christ’s feeding of the five thousand in which a little something was made into a lot, in which whatever was offered to God was miraculously made into enough! Can you think of any better reason to keep singing praise to a God who is never inactive, who is always at work either behind the scenes or with big, flashy pyrotechnic grace?
All the earth worships youPsalm 66:5
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name. Selah
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.”
Let’s gather today around God’s awesome deeds and great power. I’ll get started on a gratitude list right here, and you can join in the comments below:
- A family who loves me, warts and all;
- Church friends and gracious readers (like you!) who show up with encouragement;
- The glorious fruition of a late summer garden.
I look forward to the lyrics you will add to this Sunday morning praise chorus!
Holding you in the light,
Summer spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove summons this observation from C.S. Lewis: “Every year, from Noah’s time till now, God turns water into wine.”Tweet
Hey, Northern New England friends!
I’m busily preparing a parenting workshop for the Thrive Conference, and I’d love to share the content with YOU on September 25 at New Life Church in Biddeford, Maine.
Together, we’ll explore biblical principles that inform parenting along with action steps that flow from those principles. The emphasis is on heart attitudes and the parent/child relationship rather than parenting formulas or ‘good behavior.’
The fall issue of Joyful Life Magazine is out now, and it includes an article from me! Look for “If I’m Already Forgiven, Why Do I Need to Confess My Sins?” Too, my friend Sue Moore Donaldson is sharing her thoughts on spiritual growth. This print publication will orient your gaze toward the beautiful growth and change that the Lord is working in our hearts and our homes.
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