2 Peter 1:16–17 (ESV) ~ 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
To see this mountain is to see “majestic glory”. But that is almost sacrilegious to say, For this is only part of the story. For if this mountain is majestic, You are more so, For You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Thus it is glory to You I want to bestow. You are my Father – My Lord and King, You are my Savior and Shepherd. New Life You certainly bring. You are holy and awesome. You declared Jesus to be Your Son, He died and rose again, And he will never be outdone. From You is borne New Life Thus You are the Majestic Glory. I sing aloud and praise Your name, For You are my complete story.
Just in case you need another reason to praise and worship God, I thought I would offer this. God painted this scene this morning behind our church building and I just had to share this. To God be the glory!
It is right, oh God and it is our joy to give You thanks and praise at all times and in all places – to limit our praise and thanks to a single moment in time is impossible. Therefore, we offer our worship in every moment and with our very lives. For You give us peace through holding all our tomorrows. You give us Life through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son. You give us love for You are love. And so, it is our great pleasure to join with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven in singing Your unending praise…
When I drive to and from the church office each day (and when the skies are clear) I am blessed with beautiful views of Mount Rainier. Each time I see this magnificent mountain I am reminded of God’s creativity and power. And each time I see this mountain I give God thanks and praise. Only God could create something so magnificent and glorious and beautiful and awe-inspiring.
This mountain is not lost in the midst of other mountains around it. Nothing is close to it to steal its glory. Mount Rainier stands alone in all it’s splendor. In this part of God’s creation, nothing compares to Mount Rainier. And when the clouds shield the mountain from view, I am saddened, but I know that she is still there.
as I view this glorious mountain, I am reminded that God is still bigger and this bigger God is for me and with me. This glorious God redeemed me through Jesus Christ. This spectacular God loves me. This creative God cradles me in his powerful yet gentle hands. This magnificent God is in complete control. God is not lost in the midst of other Gods, but stands alone in power. Nothing compares to God almighty. And, there are times when God seems distant and out of view, but God is still there. God has not left.
As I continue my blessed drives to and from the office I will continue to ponder this awesome God of ours and give God thanks and praise for His gentle reminders of his glorious magnificence. And when the clouds shield Mount Rainier from view, I will remember that she is still there and will never leave; reminding me of God’s ongoing faithfulness to always be with me.
I know I said that I would be back here until April 27 but I decided to pop back in and share with you where I am at right now.
This morning my wife and I woke up on Fir Island; 5 miles south of Mount Vernon, Washington. Fir Island is an island that is formed by the splitting of the Skagit river as both forks drain into the Puget Sound. This is also the place where I spent a wonderful year of my life doing my internship at Fir-Conway Lutheran Church. In about an hour I will be at the church building to see people…and taking a little trip back into time.
Before I go forward anymore I should be a little more specific about my waking up this morning. When I got up I went into the kitchen and got some coffee. I proceeded out onto the deck where a magnificent view was waiting for me; one created by God to welcome me to Washington. As I sipped my coffee I peered straight ahead and caught a view of Mount Rainier…and what a sight it was. It has to be a clear day up here before you can see that majestic mountain from here. After a couple breathtaking moments I moved my gaze to the left where I caught the beginning the the sun’s approach over the Cascade Mountains that are just miles from my current location. After a few moments recalling the many times I got to experiences views of the Cascades I shifted my gaze to the right where the Olympic Mountains were waiting to greet me. What a sight they are as well. I stood on the deck sipping my coffee; being greeted by this wonderful creation and gave thanks to our God for His awesomeness and faithfulness…and for my little trip back into time.
I say that this is a trip back into time because as I sit here I am reminded of all the things I learned while here; things I still employ in my ministry now:
(1) Monthly recognition of baptismal anniversaries.
(2) My sermon prep routine that my supervisor taught me; a routine that has served me well for 5 + years.
(3) Basic self care practices.
(4) The affirmation that God, family and self come before council meetings, committee meetings and other last night church events that “need” you there.
…and there are more “little” things that I won’t get into here. In any case I am very thankful for my time here and I am very thankful that I get to come and visit for a few days.
I am not sure if I will be back here before I return next week, but if I am not have a wonderful week and I look forward to sharing some pictures from this beautiful corner of God’s creation.