Sea Glass – Seeking and Sharing Treasures
Elders Blog - Sept. 1, 2015
A simple pleasure that Jane and I enjoy while walking the beaches of Middle Bass Island is scouring the sand and pebbles for pieces of Sea Glass. Naturally produced sea glass ("genuine sea glass") originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the waters for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance.
On one outing a friend led us through some brush lined paths over a small bluff arriving at a shore line of sand and pebbles. What a great location, a small beach area all by itself but in the right path of the waves and currents precisely aligned to catch and hide these glass gems in its natural aggregate. Some colors are rarer than others, finding a blue piece can bring a sense of satisfaction along with congratulations from fellow beach combers. It’s always nice to find a gem to share with others.
This past Sunday Steve Snavely presented a message on the Holiness of God. Speaking about our current culture where there is much focus on the Love of God and that only. The Holiness of God many times only gets a side mention or a part of a hymn verse. Steve’s message was seasoned with gems from Scripture, the Westminster Catechism, and insights from reformed theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul. I sat there and thought WOW! R. C. Sproul, I wonder whatever happened to him? I recalled using his Ligonier Ministries material 20 years ago in the DEF Sunday school class. So later that day I did some research and found an amazing website chock full teaching and devotional material to be viewed via the internet or downloaded as a podcast. Then I unearthed a mine of blue sea glass. It is a side ministry called “5 Minutes in Church History.” Here Dr. Stephen Nichols a colleague of R. C. Sproul post, a once weekly 5 minute podcast on some historical facts about Christianity. I found topics on; The Apostles Creed, The Confessions, The Various Awakenings, How and Why the ancient Cathedrals where built, and so much more. So if you have the interest but not a lot of time, these short lessons can enrich your faith life and help keep you connected to our historic reformed origins. Try downloading some to your smart phone or ipod and give them listen as you walk, bike, or drive. I’m sure your lives will be enriched. – Jeff Barber