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Today You Are Here: Glory

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. -Psalm 19:1

And so we wake this morning cocooned in sleeping bags. A thin covering of nylon is all that veils us from the proclamation of exquisite glory. God is near. As we unzip the tent cold air fills our lungs, but our souls our revitalized by this fresh mountain breeze. We celebrate the presence of our Maker in the midst of his handiwork. This is the day the Lord has made. These are the trees that the Lord has made, the rocks, the dirt, the pine needles and crunchy leaves, the gentle winds and the sun’s morning rays. We will rejoice and be glad in it. In all of this breathtaking beauty.img_0060img_0059img_0058

We spend most of our Sunday mornings in the third pew from the front on the left side of our church’s sanctuary. We worship, we pray, we read scripture, we sing praises, we learn more about the God we serve. And though we love it there, though we are blessed by the congregation and though we come away with a renewed energy for the week, we limit ourselves by forgetting our God is not confined to walls and pews and hymns and sermons.

The boiling water is poured into our mugs and the smell of coffee rises. We sit on the ground, our bodies make contact with the earth – still cold from the night’s freezing temperatures. The sun creeps higher into the sky, sending its warmth to my drippy nose. We are secluded. We’ve hiked far from roads and hustle. There are no signs that this part of the woods has been visited any time recently. But its quiet solitude makes it no less stunning. I wonder if God looked over at this little corner of the world as the sun rose yesterday morning and smiled at his art.

We meet God here. We bask in his craftsmanship. We marvel in the way that He has sprinkled this world with lavish beauty. We sit under the sky that tells the story of his majesty.

We roll down up our tent and pack it into our backpacks. The thin roof that provided a shelter has been removed. The veil is pulled aside and for a moment we have a glimpse of the glory of our God.

{This is a part of my Today You Are Here series. Join me over here for the 31 days of October as we practice being present together. Or enter your email address below to have updates sent directly to your inbox!}

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