Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

“Above the Clouds”

ww-abovethecloudsThe sky is full

Clouds descending

Stormy black and threatening

Swollen with moisture, rain soon to come


Rays of glorious sunshine shining through patches of blue

Streaming downward in varied directions

Beams of sunlight

Touching the earth

Making a patchwork quilt upon the landscape

Sunshine and shadow

Light and darkness

Vibrant clarity versus muted colors, shades of gray


Soar above the clouds and shadows

The light is ever brilliant and aglow

The sun’s rays reach unheeded

Stretching outward to the horizon and the heavens above

Shining in glory

No clouds forbidding the sun’s radiance

The shadows and the darkness

Lay stretched out below

Like a dense carpet

The light of the glorious sun

Reflective and bouncing upward to the sky above

All rests in calm and quietness

Above the clouds!

And so, God’s grace shines on us all!

Amidst the shadows of everyday living

His light ever shines

Upon whatever looks dark and stormy

The hardships and challenges of life

The heartache and pain

Schedules and things to be done

In the face of worries and concerns

Distractions and demands


Even when loss and death come into our life

God is there!

Ever present in time of trouble

Comforting and consoling

Able to understand

The rays of His presence

Touch us in faithful love


God with us!

His light shining out of the darkness and gloom

Bringing clarity and purpose to our lives

Gracing us with His love and care

In the face of circumstances

Touching our lives

With His powerful Holy Spirit

Causing us to walk in the sunlight of His Word

Helping us to stand firm

Even when we feel overwhelmed

We are led into His Light

As we seek and draw near to Him

He leads us along pathways of His choosing

Causing us to follow Him

Dependent upon the Lord for every step we take

For His way is perfect

Leading to eternal life in Him!

Into His presence!

In the Light of His glory!

There to reside forevermore!

Above the clouds!


· Deuteronomy 33:26-27 – “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
· Psalm 46 All – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. …. “Be still , and know that I am God;…” The Lord Almighty is with us;…
· Psalm 108:1-6 – …For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
· Isaiah 42:16 – …I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
· Matthew 1:22-23 – … “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
· John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word,…In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
· II Corinthians 1:3-11 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, …who comforts us in all our troubles,…
· II Thessalonians 2:13-17 – Stand firm! …loved by the Lord…God chose you to be saved…He called you…So then…stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you…May our Lord Jesus Christ…who loved us…encourage your hearts and strengthen you…

Written September 21, 2013 by Madeline Beber

For a friend in need of encouragement

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