Prayer: Gracious God, open our hearts and minds and our eyes through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Open my eyes
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
“Stop and smell the roses!” Where have we heard that? Well today our devotion writer reminds us that we tend to miss the wild rose in the forest, or skip over the shell in the sand. As we get older we tend to be consumed by our life goals and miss the beauty of the creation around us. You can’t smell the flowers, or see the snail shell on the beach when we are traveling at 70 on the interstate.
Our devotion writer thinks we spend too much time checking the spelling, correcting mathematical errors, or complaining about the flaws in a product. It takes effort to slow down and take time now and then to appreciate the little things and the beauty of things around us that God has created. Our devotion writer suggests that we need to awaken the child within us to really see the gifts of God.
Have we become too busy to notice the little wonders that God has spread around—arrowheads, footprints, the hole in the bridge, and the hills girded with joy?
Prayer: “Creator God, open my eyes to the gift of the beauty around me. In Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Thanksgiving for Earth’s Bounty
To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed, 2 O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. 3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions. 4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. 6 By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might. 7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. 8 Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. 10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. 11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. 12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, 13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.