Scenes Of Hope

December 20, 2017

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Martin Luther once wrote: “God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

The Great Reformer echoed a stream of thinking found in the Scriptures themselves: Walk outside. Look up. View the work of Creation’s Great Artist. As we look, we’ll find hope in this Season of Hope.

Here are some images, accompanied by verses in which the psalmist sees the Creator behind the creation.

Psalm 19:1-4a:

    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
    They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
    Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

 

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Psalm 19:4b-6:

    In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
     It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
     It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

 

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Psalm 104:1-4:

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

 

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Psalm 104:14-15:

He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.

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Psalm 104:16-17:

The trees of the Lord are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the junipers.

 

 

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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