May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 115:15)
One winter’s morning while staying in a lakeside cottage in the Ozark Hills, I was again reminded of how vast and varied the Creator of heaven and earth truly is. On the first morning I woke to a temperature of minus five degrees, snow covered shorelines, and thin layers of ice scattered about the lake’s surface. I stared through the cottage window and watched as a slight breeze caused the smallest of sway to the top of a large cedar tree. Adjacent to the Cedar was a young Oak tree with one lone brown leaf still clinging to the branch it had budded from earlier in the spring. The leaf swayed lightly back and forth in the breeze touching twigs on either side, imitating the clapper movement of a small bell.
Though a cold, cloud covered morning; the day was filled with serenity and beauty. While gazing I thought how in but a few weeks the view from the window would begin to yield an entirely different landscape as spring would introduce new colors and a variety of wild life emerging from their winter habitats.
The handiwork of God should amaze us and fill our hearts with awe and wonder, especially when we ponder the multi-layers of life throughout the earth. Indeed God is Maker of heaven and earth, the Creator of all that exists. From this God of wonder the psalmist declares to us, “May you be blessed” And, may our response be, “may it be so.”
Praise to you our Father in heaven, maker of heaven and earth. Who is like you? There is no other. I worship you, Lord, I honor and bless your holy name. Amen.
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” Matthew 6:9