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Saturday, March 6

Contributed by Silva Kraal

Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands
… their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

This Psalm comes to mind almost daily as I’m out in the neighborhood.
Turning north, the majestic mountains towering over the ocean suddenly
appear. Though I am used to the view, its’ magnificence never fails to impress
God’s creation continues to faithfully obey His command. Trees bear fruit,
flowers bloom and the sun give light. They provide blessings to us who are the
crown of His creation. How deeply sorrowful it is then that we continuously fail
to follow His instruction. Our failures are so great we cannot even recognize
the full scope of them (v. 12.)
Yet, the very God whose commandments we break is the One who provides
the grace we need! His love for us is deeper than the ocean, higher than the
mountains and never withering like the flowers of the field. The sunshine He
provides leaves us every night, but the Son-shine of Christ the Savior never
fades. Through His suffering and crucifixion, victory over sin and death, He
has redeemed us.
We can therefore boldly and joyfully join the rest of His glorious creation in
singing praise and proclaiming His truth to the world.

God, help us to bear witness of Your truth in our various vocations, so we
shine Your light in a dark world. Amen.

Silva Kraal is a Community Coordinator living at SAH. She remains a firm Lutheran despite
occasionally donning a John Calvin shirt at community events!