SUCH BEAUTY ...
RIGHT OUTSIDE MY DOOR !

Sunday afternoon, two ground hogs at the bottom of the back stairs! Monday morning, the bluebird in the bird bath. And this morning, two young fawns in the garden. And, the chipmunk!


Beauty is unpredictable. St. Augustine expressed this memorably: "I asked the earth, I asked the sea and the deeps, among the living animals, the things that creep, I asked the winds that blow, I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars, and to all things that stand at the doors of my flesh ... My question was the gaze I turned to them. Their answer was their beauty."


And so, Amen.


                  -- Ellen Ratmeyer

REFLECTIONS FROM RAY ...

EVERYTHING WE TAKE COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF SOMETHING ELSE

Next to the chair in which I take my morning coffee sits my Bible, several devotional guides, and the television remote. Over the course of time, it has become apparent that whichever I reach for first can have a subtle yet profound effect on the rest of my day.  Unfortunately this insight doesn’t always lend itself to me making a positive choice.  Having always been prone to distraction, or curiosity as it was referred to in my younger days, I often find myself challenged by this current “information age.”  Scripture encourages us to “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8).  To that end, I have recently cancelled my cable television in an effort to indeed draw nearer.  Although there is still enough out there to keep me distracted, I do feel that I have created a little more space for which the Holy Spirit to roam.  Now about that Internet …………… 

                                                                        -- Ray Reuter, Elder

Harlan E. Ratmeyer, Pastor

38 Church Rd.

Selkirk, New York