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Distanced Socializing Devotional- 13

For Wednesday, our devotion was prepared by Cindy Sindel, a member of Christ UMC.

Hymn: “Beauty of the Earth”

“For the beauty of the earth,

For the glory of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies;

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our hymn of grateful praise.”


Recently we returned from a trip ‘down under’ to Australia and New Zealand. We returned to a homeland full of anxiety, uncertainty and fear because of the COVID-19 virus. We were fortunate enough to arrive before the hoards of passengers fleeing Europe returned. We did not have to undergo the testing as we stepped off the plane.

While ‘sheltering in place’ these past three weeks, I have had the opportunity to review, remember and reflect on the beauty I had seen on our awesome travels. In the midst of this pandemic I was reminded of the beauty that surrounds us. In the world there are beautiful mountains, lush tropical rain forests, cold, clear glacial lakes and rivers, flat plains of farmland. The world is full of amazingly diverse animals and diverse, wonderful, friendly, helpful people.

Instead of focusing on the uncertainty facing us, I choose to dwell on and remember how beautiful God’s creation truly is, thanking Him for His creation.


Creator God, thank You for Your wonderfully diverse creation. It truly is a beautiful world full of amazing landscapes and people. I thank you for the opportunity and ability to experience it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Important Announcement:

Join this evening, April 1st, for a virtual Midweek Retreat, from 5:15-6:30 pm. Fix your favorite Midweek Retreat meal and then gather around the computer screen to see and talk with friends from Christ United Methodist Church. Our virtual Midweek Retreat will be hosted by Pastor Richard, using “zoom” technology. To join our virtual Midweek Retreat, get on your computers or phones and go to the website: If you need it, the Meeting ID is 282 790 060.

If you don’t have a computer or phone, with a camera and microphone, you can still join our virtual Midweek Retreat by traditional telephone. Simply call 346-248-7799. When prompted, type in the following Meeting Id number, 282 790 060. This will allow you to participate in the virtual Midweek Retreat using your phone.

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