Minister’s Note 06 September

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“I will meditate on your wonderful works”

(Ps. 145:5).

Vuyelwa’s Wednesday devotion encouraged us to spend 20 minutes quietly observing some element of God’s creation. We repeat the exercise the next day, starting by thanking God for what we observed the previous day. I think you’ll find this a wonderful way to “seek the Kingdom”.

Vuyelwa also reminded us that after making humankind God saw that creation was “very good”. All of creation, yourself included, is beautiful in God’s eyes! We easily forget this truth. As St Augustine lamented: “People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”

As we observe creation let us become aware of God delighting in us. Learning to see creation, as God sees it, is the first step to faithfully stewarding it. Seeing ourselves, and others, as God sees us, is the first step in obeying the command “love your neighbour as yourself” (Rom. 13:9, c.f. Mk. 12:31).

God bless,
Sean.