A Walk by the River

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Image by Fran Schmidt



“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.   ~ Job 12: 7-10



It had been a long day, sitting in front of the computer watching videos of various preachers. Attentive listening to the online format takes a different kind of energy than attending an event like this in person. The day had been packed full, a rich diversity of preaching styles, Scripture, story, and lament. When our day wrapped up, I decided to take a walk along the river.

The day was cool, with a partly cloudy sky and only a slight breeze. I stepped outside and could immediately hear birds chirping and a dog barking in the distance. As I pass a few more houses, someone is cutting their lawn, another trimming a hedge. Children pass by on bicycles. School is not in session yet. A few more birds fly by overhead, lively, excited, as though they’re getting ready for a big event. The air smells sweet, fresh.

Along the river, nature has not taken much notice of a virus that has, literally, shut down the planet. Trees show their green buds, ready to bloom with just a little heat. Green grass replaces the brown moss of the week before. The river moves at a measured pace. There is a simple sameness about the scene before me that is comforting. God speaks here. And it is one of the best sermons of the week.



God of life and breath. God of stars and seas. God of all that is. You speak to us even in the stillness and sameness of each day. And it is a comfort and refreshment for our soul. We thank you and praise you. Help us to share with others this peace and joy in your presence so all may find a place of belonging, comfort, rest, and grace. This we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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