Today's meditation comes from Rev Stella Hayton.
Father, we stand amazed at the wonder of your world:
the outburst of spring and the magnificence of summer,
the fulfilment of autumn and the purposeful sleep of winter,
the delicate pattern of a spider’s web, the drop of dew held in silent suspense,
the vast towering mountain, and the secluded alpine flower.
But greater still is the wonder of love:
our human love, creative of friendship and care,
the power of compassion even to those we do not know,
our longing to show our love to you, our God,
and far above all else:
your love for us, almost beyond belief,
the grace we know in Jesus, almost beyond our telling,
the gentle influence of the Spirit, almost beyond description.
Out of our amazement springs our worship,
and out of our worship, the commitment to serve. Amen.
Some mornings are just made for praise! I leap out of bed (well, less of a leap these days!), open the curtains and think of the psalmist being moved to express his feelings in Psalm 8:
O LORD, our LORD, the majesty of your name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and nursing infants to give you praise. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you have set in place - what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? For you made us only a little lower than God, and you crowned us with glory and honour. You put us in charge of everything you made, giving us authority over all things - the sheep and the cattle and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O LORD, our LORD, the majesty of your name fills the earth!
God’s handiwork, all around us, draws us to worship.
How great thou art
Other days, when it’s grey and dull or raining God finds other ways to lift my spirits. During this time of lockdown, when more tidying up has been getting done, I found something we won in a raffle before everything changed, and as they were getting close to their use by date I just HAD to open them! A well-known brand of sweets, but their colours speak of Pentecostal flames, of God’s gifts of joy, celebration, encouragement and strength.
And not forgetting: the triangle, a symbol of trinity, three sides in equal relationship, speaking of God’s gift of self-giving love poured out to the world. The colour is a reminder of all things green and growing – not just humans, but all creation held within the love of God, our Creator, Sustainer and Lord. Church buildings are closed but the church itself, and our faith, can still be growing. We can meet together for Zoom worship, people are discovering new skills and resources, offering mutual support, and inviting others to join.
At a time when the world is unpredictable, and Government advice occasionally seems to be negotiable, God and his love are constant. Praise God!
Taize Laudate dominum
How do we adore what we do not see? We love the great God of earth and sea;
we follow the Saviour who set us free; we trust the True One in you and me;
and do all these things in humility.
Three in one and one in three, ever-loving Trinity,
not a secret mystery, but seen in one who came to be,
to live, and know, and die for me: Jesus Christ of Galilee.
Hallelujah! Glory be! (Revd Duncan Tuck)
Prayer for the day:
O God who loves us, we offer this day into your keeping: our plans into your providence, our concerns into your love, our words into your silence, our activity into your stillness.
Look upon us in your steadfast love and grant us your saving health, so that we may be instruments of your healing for others, and all may grow into wholeness in your praise. Amen.