Posted in creation grace, theology

Creation Grace: Build Your House Upon the Rock

By Elizabeth Prata

This post first appeared on The End Time in November, 2013

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Build Your House on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
~Matthew 7:24-27

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Creation Grace: A Glassy Sea

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This picture was taken in Lubec Harbor, easternmost point in the US and next to New Brunswick Canada. The waters are part of the Bay of Fundy, known for having the highest tidal range in the world. A large volume of water has to rush in and out within a few hours. The more water that needs to come in, the more it roils. When the tide comes in, the roiling starts abruptly and for a while it almost looks like it’s boiling. The weather in northern Maine and Canada is rough, too, with constant wind and storm.

This picture was taken because it is unusual to see such calm waters in this area of the world. Calm mid-tide, no storm, no fog, no wind.

The world isn’t calm now, not for more than mere moments in a few places, sometimes. There will come a day when the sea will be glassy always, and hearts will be calm. We will fully know peace.

Posted in creation grace, God, weather

Creation grace: Winter air

This is a photo I took of a Maine lake, frozen over in winter. The red square in the middle is an ice shanty on the frozen water. The houses on the right are on shore. The white streak across the pine trees along the shore is an air inversion. Normally, warmer air is closer to earth with the colder air aloft. In a temperature inversion, the warmer air is on top of the colder air and is pressing the cold air down.

From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
(Job 37:9-11a)
Posted in creation grace, rock, sand

Creation Grace: Build Your House on the Rock

Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 
~Matthew 7:24-27