Many years ago – before phones had cameras, even before mobile phones were smaller than half a brick – there had been a wonderful sunset which the preacher next evening asked if we had seen? “You know” he said “My Dad made that”. Murmurings ranging from laughter to what’s he talking about ensued.
A few days later we were doing a class room talk when there was a flash of lightening and crash of thunder at the same time. A young teenager at the table where I was shrieked in terror and disappeared under the table. She was not easy to coax out but eventually she held my hand and I said “It’s okay, my Dad made that”. She was so taken back that she crawled out and we had a conversation about God our creator.
This hymn makes my heart light and want to laugh as we had on the evening of the sunset. As much as the beauty of nature uplifts our spirits it is “My Dad made that”. The blessings asked for in this hymn God gifts and grants. We can only sing “May the Lord hear you pray” because God made us with the ability to pray and so will hear prayers. The final verse affirms that we know God saves, we can know this because we feel, see, touch the love of God at the times when we are strengthened even as we hide under the table. “My Dad made that” – we worship and know that God is near.
Lord, Creator, in this strange year when our world changed and continues to change as much as it has in the 150 years since phones were invented, we question why you made that. So much suffering, grief and misery, how can we say “My Dad made that”? The Psalm says “The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!” All we can do is cling to that promise waiting, trembling and sometimes fearful, until we find you are near. Amen
The Rev’d Ruth Browning, retired minister worshipping at Thornbury URC