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Go Down Deep

As He prayed, the aspect of His face was changed, and His clothing became brilliant as lightning
Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 27:1,7-9,13-14; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Lent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 9:29

Just south of Lake Erie there is a wonder of nature called the "Blue Hole." The Blue Hole is a circular opening in the earth, about one hundred feet in diameter. From out of this immensely deep hole "flows a steady stream of perfectly clear water, reflecting the ever-changing blue of the northern Ohio sky. Rising from its mysterious cavern of limestone deep within the earth, it emerges smoothly and quietly but with tremendous force. Having emerged into the open, it becomes a sparkling, swiftly-moving brook, winding this way and that through a sylvan garden of trees and flowers. Within this brook, trout and catfish swim and swerve as has been their custom through the ages— families of ducks float in friendly competition with clouds in the sky. Bees and birds enjoy their smorgasbord among the flowers. Colorful singing birds play hide-and-seek among the trees. Lovely little children scamper from footbridge to brookside to waterfall. And meditative persons of all ages feel a closeness to God, whom they have long sought. On a bright summer day, one may drop a shining coin into this immense spring of upward-outward flowing water and watch it sink slowly, to the most incredible depths.”

These words describing the phenomenon of the Blue Hole obviously were written by a person who is keenly sensitive to the wonder of God's creative order; to the beauty and harmony of life in an ideal setting. The author goes on to explain the marvelous process of nature that miraculously sustains the life-giving Blue Hole:

“Where this fascinating stream originates, few of its visitors have any idea; and among those who know, many prefer to think of it as a mystery. Several miles to the south, however, researchers hoping to solve this mystery have dropped bits of floating material upon the surface of a tiny stream that flows northward through the flatland and suddenly disappears into the earth. Then several days later they have been rewarded by seeing these bits of material float to the surface of the Blue Hole.” -1

God's good earth opens itself up to a tiny [...]

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