Facing the Sonshine

imageHelen Keller (who we all know was blind) once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” I’d like to say this: Keep your face to the SONSHINE and your shadows won’t seem so dark. How often do we fret over something that never comes to pass? How many times does something throw us for a loop and we didn’t even see it coming?

Have you noticed that plants lean toward the sunshine? And you have to turn the flowerpot often to create strong straight stems? So let’s think of it this way: The sunshine to the plant is as God’s love is to us. We need to lean toward Him to hear His Words. We need to lean toward Him so we can continually reflect His goodness and truth. We need to lean toward Him to stand upright!

Sometimes when we are with someone who is depressed and sad we need to touch their shoulder and say a prayer out loud. Even just a couple sentences could be enough to reflect God’s love. You may never know the difference you made in that person’s life, but it is our responsibility to reflect His love!

“But you are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God ’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9 NCV).

Salvation from sin means moving from spiritual darkness to God’s light! I pray that we will always remember to lean into His light regardless of how dark our world may seem.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing, if we don’t give up” (Gal. 6:9).


Reflections on a Wonderful Day

I have to say last Sunday, Easter Sunday was glorious – what a day! From the very start you could sense the spirit of Resurrection Sunday. The day began with a wonderful time of food and fellowship. I was watching and listening as a roomful of saints enjoyed our annual Easter breakfast. The room was filled with the blessed noise of excited conversation.

From the breakfast we moved to an amazing time of worship. Our youth group kicked things off with a skit that was very appropriate for the day. God job guys! Then Pastor Susan started off worship with “O Happy Day” – what a song to kick off worship. Our time before the throne was amazing.

imageWe did something different this year, and had a children’s sermon. I love our kids. They were so attentive. It’s such a blessing to watch our kid’s faces as they learn about Jesus.

After worship and The Story of the Empty Tomb, our kids went outside for an Easter egg hunt. They “hunted” over I,000 eggs. What a joy to watch the children laugh and run around, and then excitedly discover a hidden egg. A big thank you to Matt & Amy Eggerton and our youth group, with a few of our adults thrown in, for making our Easter egg hunt a success.

Of course, last Sunday was all about Jesus and I think He “was pleased that we gave glory and honor to our resurrected Lord. What a great day! Thank you, Lord, and thank you, Dennison


Experiencing God Through His Creation

imageI went to the beach last week. Susan, myself Lorna, Tyler, and my granddaughter Lillian went to California to visit with Susan’s Mom. I’m not a big California fan, but there are a couple of things that really grab attention while I’m there; the giant sequoias, the mountains of Yosemite, and the beach at Santa Cruz. We didn’t have time to travel to Yosemite this trip, so I escaped to the beach.

Santa Cruz is know as “Surf City, USA” according to Surfer magazine. The power of the waves and the swells break perfectly for surfing. It is amazing watching those athletes “catch a wave”. For me, however it is not about the surfing; it’s about the power, the sounds of water crashing against the rocks, the foam, the smell, all of it put together makes for a dramatic demonstration of God’s marvelous handy work. What a wonderful place to have devotions. Each morning as the sun was rising on the Eastern bay, I would settle in to the read my Bible, write down some thoughts, and pray. It is amazing the inspiration that bubbles up with those stimulating surroundings moving you.

Here’s a thought. This week, take an hour, go outdoors, under a tree, by stream or pond, sit on a rock or anywhere you feel creation. See what happens. Allow the God of the universe to speak to you. I think, as I was last week, you will be amazed.

Experiencing God through His creation,

Sound Comes Forth!

Our state bird, the Cardinal or Red Bird, breaks the quiet of predawn with his unique song. Another answers in kind. They are the first to announce the coming sunrise. Soon a variety of birds are joining their song adding to the chorus with their own distinct songs, filling the morning with a beautiful concert of musical celebration

The Tom Gobbler rattles the woods with his gobble, gobble, gobble, as the sun lightens the east. A woodpecker’s rata-tat-tat serves to announce his workday has begun. The woods are alive with SOUND.

SOUNDS, notes, musical tone… I am reminded that the world was created by SOUND. Elohim our Creator spoke “Let there be…” and out of those words… SOUND… light burst forth, the universe, stats, sun, moon, our world, dry land, water, trees, animals, man, all was spoken into existence at the SOUND of God’s voice!

Was there a symphony of SOUND when creation happened? What did it SOUND like? Mountains crashing, thunderous roar of water, wind, shifting earth, growing trees, excited birds, animals with never before heard voices…. Was man’s first words a whisper or a shout? Did he cry? Perhaps both.

Did all of nature, the universe, and the world break into praise? Did the trees clap their hands? Did the oceans roar? Did the wind sing a lonesome song?

On this spring morning… How can I remain silent? How can I remain quiet? While in the presence of such worshipful SOUND, I will not be silent! I will open my mouth and… speak! I will join creation in worshipful praise to our Creator and my Saviour.

Enjoying the SOUNDS of spring!