Monday Musings for 8/3/20


Dear Friends,

O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.

A plaque with these words was on the Oval Office desk of President Kennedy.  It comes from a poem by Winfred Ernest Garrison.

I thought of these words as I watched the video linked below.  The complexity of the universe is staggering.  Look in a telescope.  Look in a microscope.  Wow!

David had neither telescope nor microscope, but still was in awe of God’s creation.  He wrote, “What are we that you are mindful of us?”

Does God really care about you and me?  Isn’t God too busy to even notice?

David wondered that, and concluded this:  “Yet you have made us little less than God, and you crown us with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:4-5).

God loves you!  As if you were the only one to love, God loves you that much!  And for those who ponder the meaning of life, the meaning of the universe, the deepest of all the deep questions, the Bible has a single word answer.  Love.

Starting Sunday and continuing through August 30, I will be preaching about love.  God’s love for us.  Our love for God and for each other.  The scripture will be I Corinthians 13.  Online still.  10 am.  Find it on our website or at YouTube.

Here is Winfred Ernest Garrison’s full poem:

Thy sea, O God, so great, my boat so small.

It cannot be that any happy fate will befall, 

Save as thy goodness opens paths for me,

Through the consuming vastness of the sea.


Thy winds, O God, so strong, so slight my sail.

How could I curb and bit them on the long and saltry trail,

Unless thy love were mightier than the wrath,

Of all the tempests that beset my path?


Thy world, O God, so fierce, and I so frail.

Yet, though its arrows threaten oft to pierce my fragile mail,

Cities of refuge rise where dangers cease,

Sweet silences abound, and all is peace.

In Christ,