June 4

Psalm 104:24-30

“When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” vs. 30

According to the psalmist all creatures of the earth and sea, great and small, including the great Leviathan, were made and are sustained by God. More than that, none of them could survive apart from the presence of God’s spirit. In other words, the universe itself has an intimate connection to God and could be called God’s first incarnation. No wonder we find such joy in our encounters with our environment. To walk in the desert and climb mountain peaks, to observe animals in the forests and see birds at our feeders is to engage the Divine Presence. Many of us even provide free room and board in our homes for animal companions in exchange for their adoration and unconditional love. The spirit of God works in and through them to relax our troubled hearts and minds. They bring healing for our wounded souls. The psalmist poured out praise to God for all the manifold works of creation, and what a blessing it is for us to enjoy the bounty of it all. Our lives overflow with its beauty and harmony. How wonderful it is when we daily open our eyes to the blooming flowers, feeding birds, and working bees that can be found just outside our doors. Even the tiniest creatures bear testimony to the providential wisdom and presence of our ever-creating God!

Thought for the Day: What pleasures do we get from bird-watching?

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