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Glory be!

Creation declares God’s glory. We learn that from scripture, but having spent this last week in the beautiful Colorado Rockies I am once again humbled the reality of its power and majesty. We travelled to a visitor center on Trail Ridge that opens only during summer and totally shuts down for the fall and winter months.

Creation declares God’s glory. We learn that from scripture, but having spent this last week in the beautiful Colorado Rockies I am once again humbled the reality of its power and majesty. We travelled to a visitor center on Trail Ridge that opens only during summer and totally shuts down for the fall and winter months. Winds have been clocked on the summit at over 150 miles per hour and tall, flexible sticks, anchored all around, warn the snowplows where the land ends and dangerous cliffs begin when they dig out the center in Spring.

Even in mid July snow still clings to the rocky crevasses and a herd of massive elk nestle in the green grass silently observing disinterestedly those weird two legged creatures who hold clicking devices to capture their awesome antlers. Later we encounter a massive moose with antlers it would seem to be impossible to hold up on even his large neck. Traffic pulls off the road and once again the cameras are clicking and children are hoisted to shoulders for a better view.

Standing at the summit and casting a gaze from the valley to the distant peaks, questions arise in my heart to better understand the history of this planet and the creative power of God. I am grateful to live in a country that has preserved wilderness areas for now and the future. I long for our same country to acknowledge the God of creation as a central reality as well. If we carefully preserve nature and lose knowledge of the God who created it we have lost indeed.

May the words of Mark 8:36-38 warn us: “For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life? What can a person give in exchange for his life? For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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Gwynne Johnson

Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc., an international education and training mission where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She recently served as Co-Chair of the training project, Christian Women in Partnership, Russia and as Senior Director of Women's Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband of 58 years, Don. She works part-time in her daughter and granddaughter's bakery "The Best Box Ever," where she gets paid in cookies.