God's presence (28-01-21)
‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.’ (Job 12: 7-10)
Last week we walked along the Nene Valley Way and found ourselves remarking upon the colour and fragrance of blossom alongside the path. This was the first blossom we had seen this year. Since then, with the daffodils in vibrant colour, the trees in our own garden have started to blossom, and the bird song is noticeable once more.
One of the ways in which God nourishes our souls is through the beauty of nature. In the sunshine and rain, breeze humming through the trees, fields, flowers, and birds that cheerfully sing, nature reveals to us God’s beauty, glory, creativity, and loving presence. The face of the Lord shines upon us from all directions.
How humbling that, within the vast galaxies of suns and planets God has created, he cares for the sparrows and for each and every one of us, with a love which is as dependable as the return of the seasons every year.
In the glory of nature around us, we can cherish the love that God has extended unto us, his special creation.
In the 13th century, Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of God, God’s Word and all of creation. He gave voice in song to his feelings, inspiration and prayers, including the following song, the words of which may be found within our hymn books.
All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing.
Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam.
Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in heav’n along.
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice.
Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for my Lord to hear.
Thou fire so masterful and bright, that givest man both warmth and light.
And all ye men of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part.
Ye who long pain and suffer bear, praise God and on Him cast your care.
Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness\.
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, three in one.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!