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Pastor's Piece: Welcome Summer

The extended day light hours and the warm temperatures make a season that is ideal for exploring the beauty of God's creation! Earth, sea and sky give us abundant reasons to praise our Creator and to enjoy the beauty that He has made. I hope that you and your loved ones have many opportunities to enjoy this season and to give thanks to our gracious God for placing this wonderful world into our care.

There are moments when people can breath deeply of fresh air, gaze at the stars on a warm summer night, walk along the beach or hike to the top of a mountain and be overwhelmed by the beauty of the experience. Surely at times like these the evidence is clear that God exists and that He and His creation are good. Nature, however, can be fickle and unpredictable. We all know of times when natural events like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes have left a path of terror and destruction. Just last month one of my brother's cars was pelted so hard by golf ball size hail that his insurance adjuster classified it as a total loss. The pictures of this event were fascinating to me, but to have actually been outside while this storm was raging would have been frightening. What I have come to accept is that creation is inconsistent and incomplete in revealing the true nature of God. Based solely on our experience of nature, we just can not be sure what type of God is really at hand.
That's why for me and countless other Christians throughout the ages, Jesus of Nazareth makes all the difference. Jesus shows us the true heart of God. Jesus reveals that God is close at hand. Jesus demonstrates that God knows the depths of the human condition in all seasons and all circumstances of nature. We can look at creation and see that God is truly an artist, but God's most important accomplishment for us was when the artist became a part of His artwork. Enjoy the summer season and thank God for it, but also know that our deepest enjoyment comes from knowing God's love in Jesus. From what can be read in scripture, Jesus enjoyed nature too, but His primary focus was on loving and serving neighbors like me and you! Let's follow His lead and continue His legacy of love and service in the season of summer and through all the seasons of our lives!

- Pastor John Holliday

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