Posted By Nan

1st Verse
“For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,”
 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.
We live in a beautiful earth and we delight in it. The number of beautiful photos that are shared around on social media is testimony to that. The number of photos that adorn coffee table books and calendars is testimony to that. God created great beauty and He gave us the ability to appreciate that beauty. We look at trees, we look at oceans, we look at waterfalls, we look at a small child or a baby animal and we feel delight at the beauty we see. We look at the sky, at beautiful sunsets, the myriad stars in the Milky Way, the full moon and we delight at the beauty we see. How many people love to be out on bushwalks, delighting in the beauty of nature? How many people dream of a trip through beautiful tropical waters on a yacht? How much does a beautiful view or location add to the value of a house or holiday destination? How many people rushed to view the full moon eclipse last night? We hunger and thirst for the beauty of this earth. How many people will say they are grateful for a beautiful tree, or flower or view. How many people will thank God for the beauty of a day? When we are looking for something to praise God about, the beauty of the earth and sky is one of the first places we look. This world God has placed us in is the first evidence we have that God loves us and that He is our Creator God.
So we praise God for the beauty around us. But deep in that beauty is the fact that God loves us and that is the greatest beauty of all. That love is all around us, in all of creation.
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5
“The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:64
“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
I grew up an unwanted child at the end of a family of four. I was hated and physically and emotionally abused. I never heard words of love, only words of hate. One of the greatest moments of my life was the time God showed me how Jesus held me as a child and loved me. How angry He was at the way my parents treated me. It was wonderful to know that through all those horrible years I was loved by the one whose love matters. My parents may have never loved me and my siblings may echo my parents and wage a campaign of hatred against me, but it doesn’t matter. God loves me and that is sufficient. For me, to know I am surrounded by love and have been since my birth has been so wonderful. There may not have been rejoicing on earth when I was born but there sure was rejoicing in heaven. I wonder how many other people need to hear that beautiful message. How many need to know that God loves them and always has. That no matter how horrible their childhoods were or how isolated they feel even now from their family, they are surrounded by God’s love and always have been.
Thank you Father God.

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