I am feeling wonderful and wonder-filled this morning...for no particular reason (and isn't that always the best way to start the day!!) Well actually it's partly due to the most glorious sunrise I saw this morning. It was one of those risings where the sun is a big ball of reddish yellow shimmering over the horizon, surrounded by swirling colours and a beam of glowing orange light shooting straight up into the sky. The kind of sunrise that fills your soul and makes your heart sing of the sheer beauty of creation! ♥
And here I am sharing a joyful moment with Sara a couple years ago standing out on the ice of the Northumberland Strait:
Psalm 100 (NRSV)
All Lands Summoned to Praise God
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;*
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
[Edited to add: was just reading some of my American blog friends' entries from this week, and occurs to me that another reason I am feeling light-hearted this week is, of course, because of Obama's inauguration. His speech was incredibly positive, hopeful and moving...I had goosebumps more than once listening to his words. O brave new world...]