Reflections Week of 6/3/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Romans 1:18-23

This verse reminds me of an old quote from Augustine that I loved in college: “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?” As an avid book-lover and big believer in scripture, I remember that this passage seemed revolutionary. Scripture is hugely important as a vehicle for God’s word, and always will be. But God’s revelation of Himself isn’t only in “a book with ink.” God revealed himself in the creation of the world, and in the way he sustains that creation. Part of his gift to us is that we get to consider it.

For Reflection: When do you have the chance to interact with creation in your day-to-day life? It can be tough in the city. Take time this week to look at the sky, at the resilience of trees surrounded by concrete, and at the few animals we have running around. Ask God to reveal his power and goodness to you. Even the great big city of Chicago can’t fully obscure his glory in creation.

Read Luke 12:22-27

I guess I’m in a nostalgic mood, because again I’m reminded of something: the poem Wayne and I chose for our wedding. It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and we chose it for the way it explains everyday redemption through the lens of God’s creation:

God’s Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
  Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
  Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
For Reflection: Consider this poem alongside the “do not worry” passage listed above. Praise God that he is constantly renewing the earth and constantly providing for us. Use this to spur you on in your daily prayers to God this week.
Reflections written by Amy Giacalone

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