Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in the (relatively) warm temperatures, and let us be glad that the (relative) warmth is helping to clear the roads of residual snow and ice, ensuring safer travel for all! We’re now three weeks into winter, measured from the winter solstice on December 21st, and it looks like we just might enjoy a good old-fashioned Michigan winter this year, with plenty of snow and cold air. It’s remarkable to watch how our world changes with the seasons; from the glorious colors of autumn to the bright white fields and snow-tipped trees of winter, to be followed in a few months by buds on those same trees, God’s Creation is a never-ended panorama of beauty and delight. We highly recommend bundling up and getting out into the clean, crisp air of Northern Michigan to see what God is up to!
And while you’re out-and-about in the winter wonderland we call home, consider pausing for a few minutes to reflect on all that God has done for you; not only the wonders of Creation, but the wonders in your life. From warm clothing and warm homes, to good food to eat, to family and friends, and myriad other things that we often take for granted, God’s presence in our lives is undeniable; we all know that, but we don’t always acknowledge it. Our lives are packed with activities and events, there’s always something more to do, we’re constantly on the run so we don’t think we have time to stop and consider where everything comes from – or more precisely, from whom all things come. As we enjoy a bit of a break between the Baptism of the Lord and Lent, try to carve out some time to appreciate the gifts that you have received, and continue to receive, from the source of all that is good and right and perfect.
God bless you!
Karen and Greg
This is what God the Lord says – the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it. Isaiah 42:5
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.