Friday, Nov. 21
For me, part of my love of fishing is the taking of all the beauty around us. I am reminded of the praise song lyrics, “Everything that has breath praise the Lord.” When this beauty surrounds me I imagine that all of God’s critters are praising God. Often, the water is so clear that we can see the reflections of the birds flying above the water. It’s quite beautiful because it looks as though both bird and fish are worshipping together.
There are times when we are fishing and the sound of construction and machinery abounds. A few years ago, when we fished the San Juan river in New Mexico, there was river restoration occurring on the San Juan River. There were mechanical stations scattered about and whatever was happening at those stations was causing the fishing water to be cloudier than usual. Cloudy water makes it more difficult for anglers to clearly see the fish they are trying to catch. I feel like I’m mostly doing blind fishing on a good day, so it was kind of the same for me.
From nature’s side of things and from the Nature Conservancy’s side of things, changes needed to happen to ensure the previous quality of habitat would re-emerge. There are lots of reasons why some of the huge fish no longer inhabit the waters. The San Juan once supported six-foot long, 100 pound Colorado pikeminnows and five-foot razorback suckers. These are quite unique native fish and there is a real effort to get the waters and habitat back to the way it used to be. Anytime there is an effort in favor of nature, I’m all for it. The mechanical noises we heard were all part of the restoration work that is being done to help things get better. It’s quite apparent that we have to do this caring for God’s creation so much better than we are doing.
103:1 O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! 2 O my soul, bless GOD, don’t forget a single blessing!
3 He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. 4 He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. 5 He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
6 GOD makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. 7 He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel. 8 GOD is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. 9 He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. 10 He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. 11 As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. 12 And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. 13 As parents feel for their children, GOD feels for those who fear him. 14 He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud. 15 Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom, 16 But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here. 17 GOD’S love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him, Making everything right for them and their children 18 as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said.
19 GOD has set his throne in heaven; he rules over us all. He’s the King! 20 So bless GOD, you angels, ready and able to fly at his bidding, quick to hear and do what he says. 21 Bless GOD, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills. 22 Bless GOD, all creatures, wherever you are—everything and everyone made by GOD. And you, O my soul, bless GOD!
In the first part of this psalm, David tells himself to praise the LORD. The Hebrew words mean ‘my soul, praise the LORD.’ Our soul is the part of us that lives after our bodies die. It is ‘everything that is in us’ that is to praise the LORD’s holy name.
When do you feel like you are most in a celebrative mood? When have you most thanked others for being the people they are to you? When do you feel like you most praise God? When have you most felt like you were in a place where you feel like you were most praising God? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you when people are most thankful for what God has done
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Sue, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David
Prayer: O God, we thank you for this day. We thank you for loving us and standing by us. As we begin this day, we praise you for all that you are…..may we be your people who can bring you praise. Amen
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