September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015

“Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever.”
Psalm 146:5-6 (NSRV)

Happy is the perfect word to describe my mood and state of mind when Jeff and I recently vacationed in a restored late 1800s log cabin north of Decorah. We hoped to “do nothing,” or rather we to do nothing, in the interests of a much-needed rest.

Taking with us enough groceries for several days, we settled in with ease, noting the four plates, four sets of silver, two coffee cups, and a stack of board games and books. Our cell phones went dead and the place lacked any media—television, radio, Internet. No bombardment from advertising, e-mails or phones. Just what we had in mind.

The front porch featured two bentwood rockers with a clear view of the sunset and the sunrise, the gentle sloping hills, and hummingbird feeders that attracted regular visitors. In the ensuing days, I rocked and relaxed on that porch, sipping coffee as the sun rose and wine as it set.

I rested in what God laid before me, the heaven and earth and all that inhabited it.

In the midst of daily life, remind us, Creator, to seek our help and hope in you. Amen

How can I relax in God’s arms by taking in the beauty of the natural world?

Written by Diane Glass

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (815 High Street) and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at

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