Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

On this page, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. You can also find them on the church's YouTube Channel in the "Weekly Word" playlist. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

06/20/2016 9:25 PM

The Sound of Hope

06/20/2016 9:25 PM
06/20/2016 9:25 PM

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2)

Psalm 90 focuses our attention on the brevity and fragility of life. It includes well known lines like “a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past or like a watch in the night.” Reading it gives us pause, particularly when living in the reality we now live in, a reality that reminds us all too often of the fragility and momentary nature of life. But, and this is a big but, the psalm makes sure to begin with the word noted above that ground us in the sovereignty and surety of God. The Lord is our dwelling place, not just now but in all generations, from everlasting to everlasting. Perhaps like all of us, the psalmist needs to be reminded of hope before anything else.

On Sunday at Canyon Creek, we heard that same reminder of hope. Using Psalm 90 as a backdrop, our Revelation Youth Choir sang the music of their tour through Colorado, allowing me the rare gift of sitting with the congregation and listening to an excellent sermon of song. Unlike many youth choirs that seem half interested or forced, this group was poised and alert and energetic. They wanted to be there. And those voices… those haunting, unbridled, still finding their place voices filled the sanctuary with a piercing spiritual reality that melted our hearts as our jaws hit the floor. In a world where the grown-ups are all too quick to rant and take out our anger on others in incredibly despicable ways, I am deeply thankful to God for the young people of Canyon Creek who just shared the sound of hope with us. We needed it. The world needs more of it.

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