Slow. Us. Down. Father.

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     The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

     Day to day pours out speech, and night-to-night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Ps. 19:1-4 NIV

Heavenly Father, all it took was stepping onto my dear friend Scott’s deck yesterday, here in Sitka, Alaska, to bring this Scripture to mind. Slow. Me. Down.  Lord. I’ve been too busy lately to notice, hear, and savor creation singing your praise, revealing your beauty, and declaring your glory.

The pouring forth of nature-speak is endless, wondrous, and sumptuous—an auditory megaphone, a living kaleidoscope, an aromatic smorgasbord of delights. How can anyone with any degree of sensual awareness ponder creation and not worship you—the Creator of all things?

Father, thank you for the snow kissed mountains that greeted me and my son, Scott, as we flew into Alaska yesterday, and the 30-degree-cooler-than-Tenessee-air; the hug of beloved friends and the first sights and sounds of eagles playing like feathered puppies. Thank you for salmon right out of the ocean, and apple cobbler right out of the oven.

It’s just three in the morning, but daylight already greets me, fresh coffee warms me, and your love envelopes me. What a God you are. Not only did you choose to be a magnificent Creator, you also choose to be a hyper-generous Redeemer.

I praise you for the immeasurable riches of the gospel, life under your permanent favor, and the peace that comes from knowing you’re sovereign over all things. Whether or not we limit-out on King Salmon today, we’ll never limit out on your mercy and grace, peace and joy.

Father, I ask you to slow each of us down—whether we’re at work or play, in crisis-mode or in a happy place, on vacation or in need of you. May each of us hear you speaking louder than ever to us in the things you have made, but especially in the One you have sent. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ mighty and merciful name.

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