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Rev. Daniel Hodlin  
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The Wonders of Every Day Life
Life on this Earth, even at the worst of times, is pretty amazing.  Come to think of it, there isn’t enough room on this page, or even on this entire site, to list all the wonders of everyday life! So let’s both stop a minute, pause to reflect.  Here are some of my favorite wonders of everyday life:
 

Birds singing at the dawn of a new Spring  day
Soft, warm rain
A happy, well-loved puppy bounding after a wind-blown leaf
A white birch silhouetted against a bright blue sky
The first bite of the first sweet, crisp apple of the new harvest
Sun fountain
Milky Way & Waves

      A public service message from Spiritual Life Church and the Ad Council

All God’s Creatures -- What The Holy Bible Has to Say About Animals
Humankind sometimes forgets that it is not alone on this fragile Earth. We share it with millions of God’s creatures, from the majestic elephant to the spider in its web. Although there are many references in the Bible to animals serving people much as they do today, as beasts of burden and a source of food, there are other passages that seem to hold clear lessons for us all. One of the most
delightful of these is the story to be found in Numbers 22:22-34 in which God uses a man’s donkey to save his life. It’s interesting that, at first, only the donkey can see the Angel of the Lord – but I don’t want to spoil the story!

Here are a few passages from three versions of the Holy Bible. You might want to look for others!

The New Revised Standard Version:
Genesis 1:20-25: “And God said: ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky’. So God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth’.

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

1 Samuel 12:1:6 contains an example of David’s anger toward a man who showed cruelty to a man and his ewe lamb. David is quoted as saying: “As the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die…”

1 Kings 4:33 is often given as an example of Solomon’s wisdom, that he “would speak of animals, and birds, and reptiles, and fish.”

Job 12:7-10: “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing.”

Proverbs 30:18-19, 24-31 also uses the ways of animals to instruct us.

Isaiah tells of the coming of the Messiah. Of the signs, references to animals are included in Isaiah 11:6-9

The New King James Version:
Psalm 148 calls for everything in creation to praise the Lord. Included in this invitation are great sea creatures (whales, dolphins and their kin); beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl. “Let them praise the name of the Lord…”

Psalm 150:6 says “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

The Good News Bible
Job 12:7-11 says: “Even birds and animals have much they could teach you; ask the creatures of earth and sea for their wisdom.  All of them know that the Lord’s hand made them. It is God who directs the lives of his creatures…”

Proverbs 12:10 is very clear: “A good man takes care of his animals, but wicked men are cruel to theirs.”

Take time to pause for a few minutes....
and appreciate the extraordinary blessings of life

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