Grass Thoughts

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Grass Thoughts first appeared in the recently published Summer 2020 edition of God and Nature Magazine. A publication of the American Scientific Affiliation, the magazine dedicated the issue to perspectives on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

I hope you’ll put your feet up and read the whole thing. As you do, your understanding of the virus may stretch. Your your chosen response to it may shift.

You may even see God at work in new ways.

Or not.

Regardless, I hope you’ll consider this an opportunity to hear Christ-followers from the scientific community around the world as they grapple with the implications of a bug that’s affecting us all.

You can find the entire issue in the link above and here.

Read it with Grass Thoughts in mind.

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Grass Thoughts

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;

How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.

Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord, scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,

Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corner, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?

From Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, 6

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“In pastures of tender grass He causeth me to lie down, by quiet waters He doth lead me.”

—Psalm 23:2-3 YLT

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“. . . we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

—Psalm 100:3b ESV

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

—John 16:33 NIV

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And in an eggshell . . .

Here are other posts I’ve shared elsewhere this week. Random, but they dovetail with the above. Hope you can see how. :).

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Heart Food.
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“Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid milk is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.”
—Hebrews 5:14

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Sunscreen.
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“You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.”
—Psalm 32:7

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History Lesson.
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“Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself.”
—Deuteronomy 23:12

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Blessings, friends. Thanks for stopping by.

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Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks

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5 thoughts on “Grass Thoughts

  1. Another lovely post for sharing your gifts and bringing honor to the Lord and His creation. I really like the version of Psalm 23:2-3 that you used. I was about 7 when we memorized The 23rd Psalm in Sunday school. Given that I was strong willed as well as being the youngest of four with two parents and four grandparents, my feathers got ruffled at the thought of the Lord “making” me do something even if it was to lie down in green pastures. Someone was always telling me what to do and God was going to do that too? I hate to admit just how old I was before I realized that the sense of make was not to force but for the purpose of, that blessings and rest were in store for those who followed the Good Shepherd.

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    1. What a good illustration in your little 7 year-old self of what we confused people can carry with us: the notion that our God wants to control us, to take from us the “freedom” to do things our own way rather than his. But isn’t human nature’s sole goal to oppose God’s sovereignty? Instead, as you say, he showers us with the freedom to follow him, the Way to do so through Jesus, and all the blessings and peace and Holy Spirit guidance that accompany that walk. Aren’t we so rich in him, beyond our wildest dreams?

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