Oh what a beautiful day….

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,

for the love which from our birth, over and around us lies:

Christ, our God to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light:

Christ, our God to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise. 

[For the Beauty of the Earth ELW 879 stanza 1 and 2] 

Have you noticed how spectacular the last several days have been? Sunshine, low humidity, a gentle breeze, all the things we long waited for. I hope you took the opportunity to go outside and sit or walk or at least had your windows wide open. Days like this are perfect for reflection and appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us. As soon as the humidity rises we will find reason to be grumpy again, but for now, try to enjoy the moment.  Also, we should enjoy today because yesterday is gone and we have no guarantee of a tomorrow. This day has been a gift, I hope you opened it and will take the time to give grateful praise!

“Make a habit to remember God in your perfectly beautiful days, because in bad days even atheists do remember Him!”  [Mehmet Murat Ildan] 

The Rev. Ellen Meissgeier