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    Soul Rythem

    Enjoying a divine evening sky

    The sky with its peachy-red shadings against gray clouds captured our attention. My walking partner and I defied the sound of distant thunder and the threat of rain and stepped briskly along the National Mall the other evening, knowing that we would not have another chance this week for our walk. As we often do, we took note of the majestic stretch of clouds and endless swath of blue all around us. The monuments along our path seem more elegant, more formidable against the evening sky.

    Tourists and summer baseball games energized the Mall, but my attention eventually focused on the sky. There is just something about it that beckons me to a place of gratefulness and humbleness. For me noticing the beautiful evening sky is tantamount to stopping to honor God, to give praise for His awesome creation, to worship Him.

    When we reached my friend’s car, which was parked in a lot facing the Capitol, we just stood and marveled at the colors adorning the sky at dusk. My friend captured pictures on her phone but noted that the first few shots just didn’t do the scene justice. It’s hard to duplicate precisely what God has created so perfectly.

    Since we began our summer evening walks along the Mall, I cannot help noticing the layers of clouds and the shades of blue, and sometime gray, over my head. On several occasions, much to my friend’s amusement, I found myself spontaneously bursting out in the song “We Shall Behold Him.” (At least bursting out with the few words I did know.) I have had some random times too when the song has popped into my head, and I have been awakened in recent days with it on my heart.

    I love how Vickie Winans sings that song. She delivers a powerful rendition of it. Sandy Patti’s version also moves me. There’s just something special about looking at a God painted sky and hearing in my heart the words of that song. Here is what the lyrics say:

    Verse 1:

    The sky shall unfold, preparing His entrance;

    the stars shall applaud Him with thunders of praise.

    The sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those awaiting,

    and we shall behold Him, face to face.



    We shall behold Him.

    Yes, we shall behold Him,

    face to face in all of His glory.

    We shall behold Him,

    Yes; we shall behold Him,

    face to face, our Savior and Lord.


    Verse 2:

    The angels shall sound the shout of His coming;

    the sleeping shall rise from their slumbering place.

    And those who remain shall be changed in a moment,

    and we shall behold Him then face to face.



    I am not looking at the sky the same anymore. I am looking with grateful, expectant eyes.







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    1. I know this feeling. I was journaling about the sky a couple evenings ago. As I sat river-side meditating, marveling at the messages in nature all around me, I looked up and the clouds had become tinted with the most beautiful blushes of orange and purple. I sat in awe of them, thankful to God for the moments to stop and take in the natural beauty all around us.

      This blog nails it!