2018-10-03 / Columns


By the Rev. Richard Dykstra

“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made...”

So begins the song that is a favorite to so many, the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

I like to sing it especially during the seasons of the year that speak the loudest of the beauty that God has instilled in creation around us. I like it in the season of Spring where all speak of newness and the regeneration of life, and now in Autumn, the season of seeing so much that is beautiful around us.

This is a season that makes our senses work overtime as we embrace all that Autumn offers: The sights that we see on the hillsides and valleys as the trees turn so vivid with color; the feeling of Fall’s chill on our skins and in our lungs as we breathe in the crisp clean air of the Catskills, the smell of the wood stoves burning to bring warmth to our homes, and the sight and sound of geese flying in ordered lines high overhead. There is just so much beauty and goodness, if we allow ourselves to see it.

Take the time during this season to see, taste, smell, and touch all that Autumn offers, and realize anew that God has made a beautiful world and wants us to appreciate it! Then, offer a simple prayer of thanks for all that God has made.

The Rev. Richard Dykstra is the minister at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church Rt. 30, Roxbury

Courtesy of Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville and Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury

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