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The Everywhereness of God

"This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise;
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise
This is my Father's World;
He shines in all that's fair.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass.
He speaks to me everywhere"
    
This old hymn expresses a wondrous truth.  The Bible is full of testimonies to the everywhereness of God.  Our awesome and holy God speaks through burning bushes and braying donkeys.  He sends messages through storms and rainbows and earthquakes and dreams.  Garrison Keillor, award winning writer, representative of Lutheran subculture, and host of Prairie Home Companion writes, "God speaks in ordinary things like cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, and tending animals, in sweet corn, flowers, sports, music, books, and raising kids - all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through." 
    In the busyness of the weeks ahead ( for many in this community, the storm before the calmer months of summer), take time to breathe, look, listen, smell, and taste the goodness of God.  Give thanks for his many gifts in your life and ponder ways to share those gifts with others.  Take time for family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and maybe even a stranger along the way.  Take time to worship here at St. Andrew's and elsewhere when you are traveling.  Remind yourself in the midst of this troubled world that there are indeed signs of the kingdom in our midst, and that the best is yet to come.

"This is my Father's World;
Oh, let me not forget.
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's World;
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is king, let  heaven ring;
God reigns, let the earth be glad"
    
See you in church.

    Peace,
    Pastor Mueller

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