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"How Great Thou Art"

In discussing "how I spent my summer vacation" with Lynn, I told her part of this story and she asked me to write it down for the newsletter.  So, first a little background.  Several years ago, I realized that walking was something that relaxed me.  So, pretty much every day, I walk.  Oh, and during my walk, which I like to do alone, I pray.  Over the years, the walks got longer and at some point, I became a "hiker".  I have been blessed to hike in a lot of beautiful places.

Now for the part I shared with Lynn:  This past summer, I hiked 11 miles one day in the mountains of Colorado by myself.  Yes, alone, and really able to focus on the beauty of God's creation.  As I walked and listened, I realized that I was living the 2nd verse of "How Great Thou Art"...."When thru the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds, sing sweetly in the trees.  When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze."  Everything in that verse was happening to me during that hike.  What a beautiful realization that everything around me was created by God and it was indeed good!!!

Later this summer, I was hiking in a very remote location, and there was not much in the way of lights at night.  In fact, there were no lights anywhere near where I was.  That night, I lived the first verse.  "Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.  I see the stars (boy did I see the stars.... like nothing I could have ever imagined), I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed."

Sometimes we need to be quiet and look and listen at the beauty around us that God created.  Then, we need to praise God for this beauty and the blessings He gives.  "Then sings my soul, my Savior, God to Thee.  How great Thou art!"

The 3rd and 4th verses of this beautiful hymn give us the reason we believe.  After seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting this beautiful world God has made, we realize that it's only thru His grace and His Son that we can truly be free of the "stuff" that we need to be free of to serve Him.  "And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.  That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.  When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and take me home, what JOY shall fill my heart.  Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, and there proclaim, MY GOD HOW GREAT THOU ART!!”

What an amazing God we have.  What an amazing creation He has made.  Keep your soul singing, always, HOW GREAT THOU ART!!

Debbie B.

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