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Summer Beauty

South Hill United Methodist Church

Summer Beauty

Worry about necessities
25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

Summer is a time when we see the flowers and the birds more clearly. I hear the birds as a I wake every morning. I see the green and color in plants and gardens. It is a beautiful time to be in the world around us, especially since we are more free to do so now.

In seeing the natural world around us more clearly, it does give us the opportunity to reflect on God’s role in it all. According to our faith, God made the world. The exact mechanics how are still being learned. But we trust in God’s ability to create. While Deism believes God made and then stepped back and let it go its own way, our Christian faith takes another approach. We believe, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that God is still present and acting in the world, often choosing to work through people. What that means to me is that God is continually creating and making new. That goes for the world around us, but also for us. So, we are constantly becoming something different. It is an amazing revelation that can affect every interaction we have with others. Being made new means that there is greater weight on the present and future than the past. Past mistakes, though real and which carry their own consequences, are less important than the potential of the future. God makes new.

If we were able to fully embrace this, we would be able to better learn from past mistakes and attitudes and move more effectively to better living together as people of God’s own creation. Those next to us, even those who may see the world differently than us, are also part of that creation. Let us embrace the beauty of what God has made and work together to preserve it and each other. Let us worry less about our own flawed plans and embrace God’s perfect one more, realizing that our human interpretations of that plan always need adjusting by the Holy Spirit.

God made the world, and each and every one of us. Isn’t that amazing? Allow yourself to be amazed so we each can be molded into the better selves God intends. Happy summer!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian

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