Summer is fully upon us and vacations have or are being decided. One of the most enjoyable times in my adult life has been vacationing with my family. I traveled extensively in my job, so this was a special time for me to have time with my family. When we moved to California from Milwaukee, Wisconsin we joined a church that was mostly made up of young families. Never having camped before, we were invited to go with another couple and their two boys to Yosemite National Park in early spring, April. We borrowed a humungous tent and gathered up whatever else we needed and set out. Unfortunately, we left rather late in the day and didn’t arrive at the park until nearly 10:00 p.m. Consequently we had to fumble and set up our camp in the dark. The next morning was what brought us to our knees. At about sunrise we opened the tent flap and there before us was the most spectacular sight we had ever seen. The majesty of Half Dome from the meadow was breathtaking. We all agreed that God certainly did a magnificent job in forming our universe. If you have ever sung the hymn How Great Thou Art , it brings all the majesty to the forefront.

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.

Refrain: Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Refrain: 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.

Refrain: And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing:
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain: When Christ shall come with should of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: “My God how great Thou art!”

For nine years we camped at Yosemite with our friends, now up to fifteen adults and children, and had our own Sunday Service every year singing this song in praise of what we are so blessed to experience.

May you all have a safe, and delightful summer and know that God is with you wherever you are.

Chuck Wilkening