God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Holy One of Israel Has Created This

Anderson Japanese Gardens 
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
                          Psalm 118:24

Today, I spent the morning experiencing these words walking through Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL.

Anderson Japanese Garden West Waterfall 

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul. 
O LORD my God, you are very great;  
10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; 
it flows between the mountains. 
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; 
the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 
12 The birds of the air nest by the waters; 
they sing among the branches. 
16 The trees of the LORD are well watered, 
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. 
17There the birds make their nests; 
the stork has its home in the pine trees.  Psalm 104

Anderson Japanese Gardens
17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. 19 I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, 20 so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. Isaiah 41

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