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Devotional: Look up from your phone, wonders God brings to life are all around us

Emerald Lake is a beautiful, clear, green body of water up in the mountains in Colorado. My wife and I once hiked the trails of the Rocky Mountain National Park for a couple of hours to get to that lake. We arrived quite early in the day, but three others were already there. They were sitting on boulders, basking in the sun.

Were they marveling at the majestic mountains surrounding the lake? Were they expressing wonder at the beautiful sights and sounds of God’s creation all around them? No, they were discussing the best ways to buy and sell items online!

I am grateful for the communication that computers and smart phones and satellite dishes make possible. But sometimes it is difficult to break away from all the modern technology, even in the remotest of locations.

Sabbath rest was prescribed in the Bible as a break from working as if the whole world depended upon us and our technologies, to remind us that God still has things under control. Nowadays, I find myself in need of regular Sabbath breaks from the information overload that modern technology provides, so I can notice the awesome, life-enriching phenomena God is sharing with us each day.

As we move into the summertime, may we all find opportunities to break away to notice the wonders God is bringing to life all around us.

Rev. Tim Darmour-Paul, pastor

Grantfork United Church of Christ

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