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Alaska - Room to Think.


I love Alaska. Its immensity is only matched by its spirit.

People go to Alaska because they have big ideas or because they want to get away from ways and things that have become "normal" or "ordinary."

Alaska's beauty is multidimensional, massive as a snow-capped mountain or humpback whale, and small as a speck of brilliant lichen or the polyp of a moon jelly.

I was saying the Lord's Prayer tonight, because I'm sometimes so arrogant that I think that my own prayers are better than one that Jesus gave us, and I need its depth, beauty, and comprehensive simplicity. When I came to "Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven," my mind snapped to attention. I usually begin a mental riff on global peace and brotherhood when I reach that phrase, but tonight I considered the old hymn "How Great Thou Art." The usual English translation (it's originally Swedish) begins "O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands hath made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed."

The hymn continues to relate the goodness and beauty of God's creation, and it becomes clear that the Nature God created for us reveals a lot about the nature of God's person.

God's will was "done on Earth as it is in heaven" when he created Alaska. We must never squander the worlds His "hands hath made!"

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