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Two days before my open heart surgery, my Christian neighbor told me that she had received confirmation from God in her prayers that He would extend my life because:  "He knows you will tell everyone about it!"  And to that mission I have tried to be faithful…from the time I awoke from surgery to the present day.   My wife and I have used my "heart story" to witness to medical personnel and even waiters and waitresses in restaurants as well as many others that God brings across our paths each day.  Truly God has not only given me a "new song" but a whole new mission field.  And so my new life focus is reflected by Ps. 40:3,10 which I feel was written just for this time in my life:

"He (God) has given me a new song to sing, 
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done
And be astounded.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
I have not kept this good news
Hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your
faithfulness and saving power.  I have told
everyone..Of Your unfailing love and faithfulness.

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Worship with the Trees!

Sent:  January 2, 2003

Subject:  Worship with the Trees!

Good Morning Ethan & Emily:

Sometimes in the early morning hours as I am praying on our front porch I am always reminded as I hear the Aspen leaves "rustling" in the wind that this can be an auditory prompt to give the Lord praise!

I love those verses in the Bible that speak to this truth:

Ps. 96:12b - "Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord!"

1 Chron. 16:13 - "Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord!"

Why do even trees give praise to God?  I think the following verses will indicate why…

Romans 8:21 - "All creation anticipates the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay."  Isn't that an awesome thought…that even the trees of the forest know that they shall share in our eternal state when there will be no sickness and decay?

Romans 8:19 - "For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are."  From this I believe the trees are doing all they can to turn our thoughts and attention to eternal things, so that many will acknowledge the Lord and be saved.

As we listen to the wind blowing thru the branches and leaves, we are reminded that just as we cannot see the wind, so we cannot see God.  But He is there, nevertheless, and just as real as the rustling of the leaves.

We should all take time to occasionally go into the forest and either walk slowly and quietly or lie on the ground and just listen to the wind blowing thru the trees.  As we hear the rustling sound of the leaves, we can join in with our own expressions of praise and thankfulness to the Lord. 

Isn't it great how God can use even something like a tree leaf to render praise, and in so doing…challenge us to do likewise?

Next time you are in a forest or grove of trees, be blessed as you take time to listen to the sound of the wind in the trees.  Then find comfort and joy as you join in with the rustling leaves giving praise to our wonderful Lord.  And perhaps this is the most majestic of all cathedrals…a cathedral made of trees and leaves!

Have a great day seeing trees in a new perspective of praise.

Sending my love,

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