Sunday Reflections: How Great Thou Art

Sunday Reflections: How Great Thou Art

Miracles can be grand. And they can be very small. Whatever end of the spectrum, each miracle will be powerful when we choose to receive and then allow them to have an impact in our life.

We have experienced the grand miracles, such as the beautiful healing I had from cancer that defied the expectations of medical professionals. We’ve also experienced the minor, and today was one of those.

Elisa and I had one of those normal life experiences where misunderstanding and hurt feelings can easily be generated. I overlooked the importance of something and was running behind. This delay made it so Elisa was unable to join me for something we both felt was important.

This created a level of tension.


I am the king of mentally kicking my butt when I make mistakes. Even the simplest of mistakes can create a mental block that can sink deep.  Over the last several months I have intentionally focused on “letting go.” Focusing on letting go of tension versus exerting energy to process the tension has been extremely healthy for me. The miracle is the confidence that helps me let go of things.


Elisa’s response to the tension created was to pray. She didn’t want hard feelings to worm their way into our sabbath day. As she knelt in prayer she immediately felt the tension taken away, light replacing that which could have been dark. The miracle is Elisa’s faith to pray and her love for the Savior to receive.

Both miracles bring the peace the Savior promises. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).


As you enjoy Elisa playing this beautiful arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” by Larry Beebe, we invite you to reflect on the miracles you have experienced. Both those which are remarkably grand as well as those perceptually small. Each is a miracle.


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
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee
How great thou art! How great thou art!
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