Pulpit Reflections By Barbara Stroud-Borth "O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works." Psalm 105:1-2.
"Long Live God" from the musical Godspell.
"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving." Psalm 147:7a
The last words of the recent tremendously gifted production of Godspell kept ringing in my heart and coming to my lips as I went on a camping vacation at one of Minnesota's many state parks. Tent camping is one of my favorite ways to be close to the beauty of God's marvelous creation because there is only a thin layer of cloth between me and the sounds of wind in the trees or the birds waking in the pre-dawn light. Long live God … thank you, Lord.
In our life today, most of us are going very fast as we pass the trees and all the plants which grow along the roadside. We can't see much more than a blur of green. When camping, I finally slow down enough to really see each plant and wildflower.
Over and over, I am amazed at the variety which exists among the plants and the animals and insects in any small area of our earth. We give God thanks for the marvelous variety and ask God to help us learn how we can help to protect and care for creation.
In the natural cycle of the seasons we see again and again the mystery of life, death, birth, renewal. The meaning of the cycles of the seas is made stronger by the beautiful message of birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Long live God."
The local production of Godspell showed clearly that if the messages of God and his son Jesus are lived they can speak to and transform the violence and frenzy and uncaring which threatens our world. One of those messages is to take time for loving people.
In these days of summer, let us each take time to fully appreciate God's creation all around us � both the people and the natural world. And then let us give thanks in our own speaking and singing and by the way we live. We give you thanks, God. Long live God.