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September 17, 2020

Thank you, Lord! Praise God! I had sooo much to do. We had just gotten back from the graveside service and I had decided that, after I had blessed the meal, I was going to head back to church and get some work done at the office. I blessed the meal and I heard several voices say, “Pastor, why don’t you pull up a bench and sit with us?” I was going to say no but they had asked, and, after all, Ma’s Bakery was catering the luncheon. So, I decided to join them. We started reminiscing about the person who had passed away, the ladies started sharing history and memories and then a apple pie magically appeared. It was explained that the lady that had passed away had two pies left in the freezer that she had made and one of them had been delivered to our table because of the ladies sitting there. The apple pie was passed around and I tell you, that was one of the best apple pies I have ever tasted. But then it could have tasted horrible but to share that pie with the people around the table and knowing that a friend had made it, well it indeed was the best pie I ever tasted.
“Did you know that every time we express love and thanks to God – even if it’s just a silent cry from deep within us – the whole universe quivers with delight? There are many references in the Bible to the stars and universe praising God: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’ (Psalm 19:1) Even Jesus told us that if we ever stopped praising, the rocks themselves would cry out! The whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’… Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ (Luke 19:37-40)
There have been times in my life when I’ve sensed this phenomenon for myself. I’ve sat watching the stars on a still night, high on a mountain or silently paddling down a remote jungle river at dawn. It is like I can feel the rhythm of the universe and its delight in its Creator. When our hearts sing like this with wonder, we join with billions of faith-filled men and women – those alive now as well as those in heaven. We add our heart songs to this epic crowd, a mighty family united in joy that Christ is alive and with us. It’s the biggest picture, the greatest adventure, the wildest ride of our lives.
I like what C.S. Lewis wrote on the subject: ‘How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing… it is irresistible.’ A life of faith is about life in full color. As Jesus said, ‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.’ (John 6:63) The Holy Spirit right now is ministering to you. And He brings authority greater than any president, comfort deeper than any counselor, and healing more wonderful than any doctor. That’s a lot of positive universe power!” (Bear Grylls, Soul Fuel)
That afternoon at the table I could feel the rhythm of the universe. I had made the right decision to sit down and join them and was truly blessed. Here was a person that we were already missing and yet was still serving us from Heaven. My heart sang that day and when I remember it, my heart continues to sing. We all need that positive universe power and I hope you find it today! We are not alone, and we should praise and thank God for that continued presence. Yes, the Holy Spirit is ministering to you right now, yes, as you are reading this. That should be an awesome comfort. God bless and God’s got this!

About Rev. Bud Budzinski

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