Pastor Tim

The Beauty of Summer Expressed

Parents, do you remember the expressed joy of your children when they discovered something new and wonderful? For example, remember the cute and hilarious expression on your child’s face when they tasted ice cream for the first time? Or how about the wonderment of finding some strange bug or beautiful butterfly? Or what about their utter surprise and glee at the gift you gave them?

No doubt our heavenly Father enjoys the same expressions from us as we discover something wonderful and new (to us) in His creation. Or as we are enlightened to some Biblical truth that has escaped us all these years. Parents are blessed by such praiseworthy expressions and so is God.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

The first hymn in our hymnbook catches this verse better than most.
For the Beauty of the Earth
For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies.

Refrain: Lord of all, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour, Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light.

For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild.

For Thy Church, that evermore Lifte’th holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore Her pure sacrifice of love.

There are many more verses to this hymn as it reminds us of the beauty all around us. This summer should provide you with lots of opportunities to stop and “smell the roses.” Please don’t neglect these opportunities to reflect on what is praiseworthy and to give glory to the God who made it so. Our Father is anxiously watching for us to notice His creation, His people, the inspiration of His Word and the glory of His promises found in Christ. As your children’s expressions have blessed you, so bless God.

Also, this summer, don’t forget that last verse above. You have a church that is encouraged by your presence. Let us together lift holy hands above offering our pure sacrifice of love. Remember, Our Father in heaven is anxiously watching for all our expressions of joy. Let’s give Him a glorious show that will turn His smile into unmeasured joy!
For His Glory, Pastor Tim