Week 13 Thursday

Fringe

Today’s scripture selection: Job 25-26

Key verse: Job 26:14

You may have heard about a popular TV show named “Fringe”. It’s quite a roller coaster ride of show, deftly combining science fiction and fantasy, with a dash of theology thrown in too. Because of the special effects it’s not for the young or squeamish. But it’s interesting and fun, if you take it all with the good dose of salt.

Well Job knows about “fringe” science as well.

He talks about it, in reply to his so-called friend Bildad, who has been trying to talk with him about the nature of God. Having acknowledged some of more spectacular of the miracles God has performed he says,

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”

Who indeed.

In today’s pop culture we throw around words like “awesome” and “amazing” like they were nothing. We talk about “amazing” TV shows or “awesome” meals. We speak of “fantastic” days at work or “incredible” ball games.

But God – now He’s truly worthy of those accolades.

So the next time you hear someone describe the pizza they ate last night as “magnificent” pause to think about the One who truly is – and how He loves you more than you can imagine.

Prayer: Almighty, Awesome God – thank you for loving and watching over me and my world – with such wonderful care. AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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