the mystery of godliness

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalms 5:3)


This morning as high clouds moved through eastern Washington we were blessed to observe an uncommon atmospheric condition, a series of halos and arcs around the sun. Photographed here are what are termed a supralateral arc (top) and a tangential arc (middle); the glow at the bottom is produced by the sun just off the photo’s bottom.

Our further mediation this morning was on a verse from Paul’s letter to Timothy,

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (I Timothy 3:16)

While we may take the glories seen in the sky above as a parcel of the mystery of God, this is God going about His rather ordinary work. The true mystery is in our hope unseen, the work of Christ to take on our sins and conquer death.

One more photo to share, our medlar tree is in full bloom. Medlars were the fruit of kings in the middle ages; their association takes us back in time and history.