6.13.2024 Thankful Thursday

Renewing in Nature

Thankful Thursday drifts to thoughts of camp and the beach. Time and space away from regular routines that is steeped in nature soothes the soul. Spending time in nature invites us to look at the wonder surrounding us, to recognize we are a part of that wonder, and to praise God for all of His creation.

For the finely dressed flowers in the meadows (Luke 12:27), we give Him praise. Our praises also ring to You “because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14) When we surround ourselves, one of His creations, within more of His creation and truly muse the thought, the time, and the energy it took to put all of these pieces together with such artistry, then our minds begin to grasp the reality that God is so much more than we can fathom.

This greatness allows our faith to hold unservingly to the truth that “with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26) Spending time in nature can draw us closer to God. And when we spend time with God, we find ourselves renewed.

Thank you God for this gift! May we see you and connect with you as spend time surrounded by the goodness of your creation. Amen.


Thankful Thursday 6-13-2024 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Want to be part of a prayer group? We come together in a collective effort to support and lift up others. You do this during your time with God knowing others are also lifting these prayers to God. Join our Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose: for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.