Grand Sweep Daily Reading: Nehemiah 9, 10; Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes,
He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.
This is my favorite time of day. I love creeping out of bed before the sun rises, just to enjoy watching a new morning dawn. The Father takes His paint brush, dips it into the soft hue of amazing love, and gently changes the backdrop of darkness into subtle lights, reflecting across the entire sky. Every new morning is His creative work of genius, given as a gift to each one of us to simply enjoy. Our God loves us more than we can ever begin to comprehend.
The reflection of God’s countenance is filled with His splendor and majesty. It is His kaleidoscope, multi-faceted and timeless. Kaleidoscopes emerged with the ancient Greeks, and were reinvented and patented by Sir David Brewster in 1817. The kaleidoscope was intended for use as a science tool to study light polarization, but quickly became a popular children’s toy. It is a tube of mirrors containing loose, colored beads. When we look inside the tube, the light from the opposite end catches the beads’ reflection, causing an intricate and colorful pattern that dances from within. The kaleidoscope is the culmination of color, complemented by a variety of beaded shapes, lighted mirrors and subtle hues.
I am reminded of His amazing love whenever I see all of God’s children dancing together around the world. Think about it. When you pick up a kaleidoscope and begin to turn it in the light, the beads begin to move, some in opposite directions. Colors take shape and change as the tube is turned from side to side. Beautiful images appear; some are symmetrical; others are obscure and shapeless. Every piece is vital to the total picture. God’s creation, His humanity, is the kaleidoscope on which He sets His heart. We are the dance and He is the choreographer. We are the painting; He is the master artist. We are His people, and He is our Lord and Savior.
There is a kaleidoscope of color emerging from every faith-filled church around the globe. No matter where we live, every congregation has an important function in the body of Christ. Together, we dance. Together, we emulate life and light to a dark and lonely world. We demonstrate what it means to live, move and have our being within the power source. We offer our Jesus to all people, everywhere. We are His kaleidoscope, emulating His love, through the dance!
Last night at small group, the Holy Spirit came to rest upon our hearts. Each one of us is a unique and vital part of His creation. We bring different gifts and graces to the table. Together with Christ, we can offer His plan of salvation to our friends and neighbors in the community where we live. We lift high His light of hope and love redeemed. We are part of the living; a piece of the eternal. We are kaleidoscope. It is the name He gave that describes us best.
Come and join in the dance! Without you, a piece of the picture is missing. Jesus invites all of us who places our total faith, hope and trust in Him, to be His living kaleidoscope to all the world. Through our unique colors and hue, we can dance together as we reach out to the world for the glory of our God.
Grace and peace,
Pray for: vision! God’s amazing grace offered through His Son Jesus Christ is a gift for you and me. Won’t you join in the dance today? If you are looking for a small group where you can plug into the power source, Kaleidoscope is waiting for just for you. Come join us this weekend at Faith Church.
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