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Letter From Andy Diemer - July 22, 2020

Letter From Andy Diemer

July 22, 2020

The Creation Speaks

It was winter when the coronavirus pandemic began; there was snow on the ground and no leaves on the trees. Five months later, it is the height of summer. Now we enjoy warm days, lush landscapes, and the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. My wife and I are enjoying summer early morning walks in the park-like areas near our home. There is something so comforting about the peace and quiet of nature. A highlight of our walks is seeing a family of geese near a pond along one of the foot paths. We have watched the five goslings, always closely guarded by their mother, grow from downy chicks to fully feathered birds. Indeed, in the beauty of creation we can see why the psalmist proclaimed, "O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions" (Psalms 104:24)!

Since the pandemic began, one moon still follows another, the seasons still change, and nature continues steadily on its path. The awesome, wonderful creation constantly reminds us that God guides the course of events. Indeed, in its beauty we understand why Paul wrote, "His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" (Romans 1:20).

Peaceful scenes of summer's beauty contrast with the troubles always besetting the earth. This world goes careening about, crashing from one crisis and conflict to the next. Coronavirus cases surge. Political rancor fills the airwaves. The economy struggles to recover while many wonder about their financial future. Western nations increasingly divide with China over its unfair trade advantages and repressive governmental controls. The news never seems to get any better. But knowing the constancy of God that His creation reveals, we can continue to wait in hope for the peace that is coming. We can continue to look "for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

While summer's glory is on full display, consider the heavens; look at all the works of God's hand. See the moon and the stars which He has ordained (Psalm 8:3). Let His visible handiwork remind you that He is over all things. "Ask the beasts ...and the birds of the air...they will tell you; or speak to the earth...it will teach you...the fish of the sea will explain to you...that the hand of the Lord has done this" (Job 12:7-9). So, brethren, take a break from the world's madness. Let creation speak to you of the glory of God. Let it tell you of the peace of His coming kingdom and our coming glory! Indeed, the whole of "creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God" (Romans 8:19).

The world needs the peace and order of which God's magnificent creation speaks. Yes, "Let the heavens rejoice...the sea roar...the field be joyful... the trees of the woods rejoice...for He is coming...He is coming to judge the earth...the world with righteousness...and the peoples with His truth. (Psalms 96:11-13)!

Warm regards,

Andy

Pastor