Webster defines atmosphere as “the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth.” We probably use the word more casually, as in “the pervading mood or social environment.” We talk about the atmosphere of a restaurant or a meeting. For example, sometimes we use words like these; the atmosphere is “electric,” or “blue.” Various factors affect the atmosphere, things like health, weather, circumstances, mood and even music. Atmosphere is also affected by the people in the room. You probably won’t read about what I’m about to write outside of Christian circles but the Person who can really affect atmosphere in powerful ways is Christ. Where His presence is recognized and His active assistance received, even the most difficult circumstances can have a different atmosphere. The reign of Christ is present. He is among us. It takes some discipline and effort to breathe His air but people have been doing it for the past 2,000 years and before. My Grandma Stark loved the 91st Psalm, think about atmosphere when you read this, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."” Breathe deeply in there my friends. The grace of Christ awaits you! More about that this coming Sunday as the Lord allows.