From the Dust of the Earth

From the Dust of the Earth

It is interesting to me that the word Adam in Hebrew means man or humanity, and the word Adama means dust or earth. In the book of Genesis, we read that God took Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the Spirit of life. Adam comes from Adama.

In other words, we are literally made up of the same stuff as the rest of the earth; the same elements of all creation. Yes, God gives us life through his Spirit, but, there is a connection to the earth at the very depths of who we are.

Some of you may feel that connection when you are out digging in your garden when you feel the earth in your hands. Others of you may sense it when you are out in the woods, or in the mountains or on the beach.

We live in an age when we are often disconnected from the earth. Our homes, offices and cars are climate controlled. We have endless options to keep us entertained and busy without ever going out doors. But when that happens, we often also lose our sense of wonder and awe of being a part of something so much bigger.

This week, make some time to get outside and enjoy the sunlight, the rain, the songs of the birds, and the beauty of the summer. Turn off the I-Pod, the cell phone and just marvel at God’s creation – of which you are an integral part.

Our prayer today comes from the Hymn, How Great Thou Art. Let us pray: O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur and see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art! Amen.

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Joe Albright

Daily Message Author: Joe Albright

Joe began his ministry in Sarasota, Florida as an associate pastor, and it was in this capacity that he worked alongside the Reverend Dr. Roger Kunkel. Roger was a colleague who became a mentor and treasured friend. From Sarasota, Joe was called to Jacksonville, Florida where he served as the Head of Staff at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Currently, Joe and his family worship and serve at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Switzerland, Florida. Full Bio