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Read:  Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

This morning I was taking my Boxer, Rosie, out to the yard and then a quick trip to the church office. While walking across the yard I noticed something quite striking.  It was a dandelion that was full and “fuzzy out”; covering it was the heavy morning dew, with wondrous rays of early sunlight shining through it.  It looked like a crystal chandelier and was so impressive that it even caught my attention.  The natural beauty of God’s creation is all around us:  24/7, 365.

Yet so often we fail to recognize beauty.  The beauty of nature is only one example.  There are many examples all around, even on cloudy, cold days.  There is the beauty of human relationships.  Since becoming a parent 12 years ago I have a greater appreciation, awareness, and joy when I see a parent with a child or baby.  And as I get older, (Ronda and I will celebrate 29 years of marriage next month), I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the beauty of relationships lasting 40, 50 or 60 years or more.  Beauty is all around; when I look at our church building I see what God has made through the saints decades ago; the building is a testament to faith, devotion, and a desire to serve God.  Beauty exists, in so many ways.

Our God is an Artist, Who has created and is still creating!  God the Artist is creating new life, new relationships, new expressions of love and joy and beauty. We live surrounded by it!  Better still, we live as part of it!  In fact, made in the image and likeness of God the Artist, we are allowed, invited, and compelled to participate in the creation of artistic beauty in many ways.  Have you ever considered that creativity is not only a gift from God, but a part of what it means that we are created in the image and likeness of God?

I saw a bumper-sticker that read:  “God’s not done with me yet”.  It’s true, for all of us.  That truth has multiple applications. It’s an affirmation and a beautiful realization for ourselves, and as we consider others.  So I challenge you:  Do not let your head hit the pillow without identifying something of beauty each day, in life, in faith, or in creation.  May you be blessed to notice the dandelions in the dew, and remember, God is about to reveal the colorful palate of autumn artistry.

Shalom, Pastor Rob Nystrom