On Vacation

Psalm 19:1-6

The heavens are telling the glory of God;

    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours forth speech,

    and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words;

    their voice is not heard;

yet their voice goes out through all the earth,

    and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,

    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

    and its circuit to the end of them;

    and nothing is hid from its heat. (NRSV)

I am on vacation. On Friday, before I left, I had good intentions of getting a note posted. I was going to tell you I was going to be out of touch for a week. I did a bunch of errands, packed and did laundry, and the day got away from me. I did not get everything on my ‘to do’ list finished. Some things will not get done, some things will get done later, and some things will get changed out for something else. This post is one of the things I am changing out for something else.

I had planned to write a simple note saying I will be back with a post on Dec 2. I have been inspired, though. I am in a very beautiful place. It is very green and warm. There is an abundance of wildlife. The hills and valleys, the sea and the sky, the insects and birds, and so much more… together they form a beautiful chorus that declares the creative power of God. The sun comes up shining and beautiful each and every morning, shining like a man in love. And the sun runs its daily marathon across the sky, steady and sure. It’s brightness is everywhere. It’s power is pervasive. We understand now, it’s power gives us the possibility of life. Then, they could only intuit it, but the psalmist got it right. Altogether this world is a beautiful place that proclaims the glory of God.

This God who created such beauty is a generous God, giving us so much that is pleasing to the eye, to listen to, to encounter. Each day is a gift and I am thankful. Each night brings rest that restores me. What a wonderful, thoughtful God we have who ordered the rhythm of the days and nights in such a gratifying way. The power of nature’s message isn’t in words and speeches, but we understand just the same. Our God is an awesome, glorious, magnificent God who made the heavens and the earth.

I have a lot to be grateful for.

And I will be back on Dec 2. Until then, look around you and really see what there is in your world to be grateful for.


Pastor Karla

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Published by: Pastor Karla

I am a pastor and a retired Navy Chaplain who believes following Jesus in compassion, service and gratitude is the very best kind of doctrine. God is present in the world in the Spirit and in the church as the body of Christ. I am a One on the enneagram who lives to find the balance between having my 'to do list' all crossed off at the end of the day and being spontaneous in the moment. Biblical literacy is important to me, and I want to make the meaning of the Bible and its stories less of a mystery to the average person so the love of God comes through to them clearly. You can contact me at karla.seyb.stockton@me.com. blessings to you, Pastor Karla

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