Love - Trust - Go
As I start a new school year at work, I think of the many sunrises I saw over the summer. I love to get out and hike the Phoenix mountains, and really the only time to do that during the summer is as the sun comes up. To be at the top of a mountain as the sun rises in the distance is a beautiful sight. The different shades of orange, blue and purple that often shine through can be breathtaking.
Each year at the school where I work we pick a theme verse. Our theme verse for this year, Psalm 143:8, begins with the words, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.” As I stand on top of a mountain and see the way God paints a masterpiece in the sky I can't help but to think of his unfailing love. This verse reminds us that every morning we can be reassured of the fact that He loves us and this love will never fail.
So whether you have the chance to stand on a mountain, are inside getting ready for work or school, or maybe driving with the sun right in your eyes, I encourage you to think of God’s unfailing love each morning. With this in our hearts and on our minds we can move on to share this love with others each and every day.
10/4/2019 06:13:19 am
My brother Nate died 16 months ago yesterday by suicide. His favorite place to be was on top of a mountain, looking out over all God's glorious creations. My dad took up climbing 14ers in Colorado (mountains with peaks over 14,000' above sea level) about 10 years ago, and just completed his final (58th) climb last month. On that last climb, he took some of Nate's ashes to spread from the peak. The day of his final ascent also happened to be his father's birthday (his father passed away in his early 50s). My dad stood on the peak, said a quiet prayer thinking about his dad and Nate, then threw Nate's ashes into the air. As soon as he did so, an incredible flock of birds came out of nowhere, flew straight toward Dad, hovered near him momentarily, and then took off as quickly as they arrived. Dad said he has never seen wildlife that high up. To see one or two birds that far above tree line is unusual, let alone an entire flock. He knew it was the presence of God, and felt it to be a sign from my brother that he's home and all is well. Our God manifests himself in the most amazing ways.
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Bob Koehne, husband to Mia, is an educator, coach, mentor and administrator with a love for Jesus and a passion to see lives impacted for Christ through Christian education. These are just some of his writings.