"In the beginning, God created the heavers and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters"  Genesis 1:1-2 ESV

 "And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters. And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.  And God called the expanse Heaven.  and God said "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear."  And it was so.  God called the dry land Earth and the waters that were gathered together He called seas.  And God saw that it was good"  Genesis 1:6-10 ESV  



On a recent vacation, I stood on the beach looking at the ocean thinking about the magnitude of these acts of God.  I can't fully understand them, yet I believe.  Some of us are drawn to the ocean, because we sense God there.  Like others who find Him on mountain tops or deep in a green forest, we all have our special places to seek God.  Wading into the ocean, I feel the waves wash over my body.  They offer me a sense of the power of the ocean. 


I imagine how water is moved.  How God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the others to escape from Egypt.  How Jesus commanded the Sea to be calm and how He defied its physical nature and walked upon it.  I think about the waters of baptism and how we are fully immersed into a deeper relationship with God.  Listening to the ocean, feeling the sea breeze on my face, I sense God comforting me, caring for me and healing me in the deepest part of my being.  I am restored and I will take from here the living water of His Holy Spirit.  May God be praised in all creation!         Amen   

                          Pastor Bill