Greetings to all!
If we were artists, with what colors would we use, or ask others to use, to color our world? The yellow of sunshine, clear blue skies, pure white snow, vibrant colors of spring or fall?
As I left home this morning, I was uplifted by the rays and warmth of sunshine after days of cold. Then as I drove to church, the clouds of grey rolled in once again. But rather than despair, I thought of many others in places to our north, still shoveling and plowing out from under six feet of snow. I enjoyed the scenic roadside, traveling at a reasonable speed, as I was not in a particular rush. Soon small flakes of snow began to fall from the clouds and float upon the gentle winds, blowing them wistfully by. As I needed to make a stop and open my window, one or two even gently blew in and landed on my face, almost as a kiss from God.
As we are busy living our lives, do we take time to appreciate the simple gifts God provides? In every season, our lives present challenges and opportunities to grow in Christ’s love and grace. How do we relate to God in good and bad times alike? How do we color our lives?
Gertrude B. McClain shares the poem below, as a prayer to the Master Artist and "Captain of life".
"Colored With Love"
Just color my life with sunshine;
This is the prayer I will say –
But it’s when the storms are raging
That we gain new courage each day.
And color my life with a rainbow
To cover life’s battles and strife –
But peace can be found in the conflict
When we trust the Captain of life.
Just send me a song of great beauty;
On wings of a song let me soar –
But sometimes our song is of sorrow
Yet He is beside us once more.
I’ll trust Him when sunshine surrounds me;
And yet when the storm clouds appear
My trust and faith will be stronger
For I know His rainbow is near.
I’ll trust Him when my heart is singing,
When nothing on earth can go wrong –
And yet when my heart knows no music
Then I will still praise Him in song.
So color my life with the sunshine
Or color my life with the rain,
For when life is colored by His love
Then nothing is ever in vain.
With the love of One, in Christ,
<>< Pastor Neil