NPR featured a story about a growing shortage of sand in the world. It makes sense. Sand is used in construction, especially in concrete. It is also used in making glass. Both concrete and glass are in abundance…and they will be primary components in our new church building.

The featured story gained some notoriety in that it captured people’s imagination. If you  have been to a beach this summer, you may think that we will never run out of sand. And if your kids have a sandbox, you know how easy it is to find bags of sand at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

In fact, sand is almost synonymous with plenty. The world may run out of honey bees or even clean water. But sand?

Maybe the power of this story is that our planet does not have limitless supplies of resources. Every tree, each bird in the sky, and certainly all members of the human race need to be cherished as the gifts that they are. All creation must praise the Lord, and the Lord must be thanked as we enjoy all creation.

“(God said) ‘I will bless you and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore….’”

Genesis 22:17