A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

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The Source of Our Energy

Creator of the Universe

Isaiah 40:21-31

A Note from Kahu Alan Akana

On Sunday, I shared some of my experiences being outdoors on Kaua`i with my son Palani when he was visiting in early January. We went out on a boat and saw whales, dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, as well as spectacular scenery all along the southern shores of our beautiful island between Port Allen and Lihu`e. We also went on some wonderful hikes, including an all-day hike into the crater of Wai`ale`ale, which is known as one of the wettest places on earth. Fortunately, we hiked on one of the rare days when there were blue skies and no rain, yet waterfalls were abundant! It occurred to me that there are times when I should be too tired to keep my eyes open and, yet, I have tons of energy. It is often when I am surrounded by natural beauty when this occurs.

After reading from Isaiah, chapter 40, which is one of my favorite parts of the Bible, I realized that Isaiah must have known this very same thing. Listen to the words of Isaiah as he declares the majesty of creation:

It is the Holy One who sits above the circle of the earth…who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in…

Regarding the stars and the planets, Isaiah proclaims:

Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? The One who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.

And regarding everything on the earth, Isaiah asks the rhetorical question and then immediately answers it:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

Isaiah seemed to know this natural energy that came from being open to awe and wonder, for he then said:

The everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

May you be filled with energy this week. If you find yourself lagging, I encourage you to take a walk outside…look around…observe God’s creative energy in action…breathe it in…and give thanks for all the beauty…and energy!

Aloha nui loa,

Kahu Alan Akana


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“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.