The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

08/14/2009

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O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the works thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, Thy pow'r throughout the universe displays.

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly through the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Stuart K. Hine 1949


Jane and I left for KS on Sunday, July 26. The drive there was beautiful as we passed through the rolling mountains of the PA turnpike to the greenest Flint Hills of eastern KS I had ever seen. We flew out to Seattle on the 3rd of August to spend some time with Amy and Fred.(daughter and son-in-law) Then we drove south to see Mt. St. Helens. It was very impressive and conjured up memories of the eruptions of 1980. From there it was on to the coast and south on Highway 101 along the Oregon and Northern California coastlines. We walked out on a beach in Oregon (had to walk almost a third of a mile to get to the water) and had several flocks of pelicans fly overhead..No shells on the beach, and for an east coast guy, it was weird having the west wind blowing "on shore." The sun sets on the wrong side too....

We stopped at a lot of the "viewing points" along the way. The most impressive one had a 20-30 foot gray whale feeding along the rocky shoreline, with magnificent "sea stacks" in the back round. Further south we were going to pay to see some sea lions, but we stopped and saw all we wanted for free. Some were sunning themselves on the rocks and others were just swimming around.

We finally entered the Redwood forest of Northern California, and they were simply breathtaking. We walked through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove on a one mile hike through what was once a logging road. It is a mature Redwood forest and words cannot describe their grandeur. Jane described the forest as "quiet," and it was a good description.

I did not mean to give you a running account of our trip, but I saw a devotional somewhere in it. God's natural world is so wonderful. I am sure that you have been places that I have not been, and felt the power of God in His magnificent world. Two songs came to mind during our visits into His natural kingdom. "How Great Thou Art," part of which I shared with you earlier, and "This Is My Father's World." If I had a little more space I would write the words of the first two verses...Look them up if you have time today. The words are by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901.

Take some time today to reflect of God's wonderful world...."In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere." Have a wonderful day. No matter how great the places are that you visit, it is always good to be home...

Let your light shine for Him today....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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