June 12

Psalm 8:1-4

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” vss. 3-4

If we’ve taken any time at all to reflect on our place in space and in time we will likely resonate with what the psalmist has said. We live on a tiny blue planet in the Milky Way galaxy, one of about 10 billion in the observable universe, and we’re revolving around a sun that is one of a billion trillion stars. From that perspective it’s hard to imagine that we have any significance at all. Still, even in the face of such evidence, we humans are impudent enough to claim that we have a unique relationship to the Divine Presence and that we are cared for in a special way. There are some who question that assertion…in their minds the Universe would be just fine without us, that in fact it might be better off. But others believe that we humans do have significance, that we bring awareness to creation and without us there would be no audience, no one to clap hands and offer praise and thanksgiving for the wonder of it all. If that is indeed our purpose we have a divine calling to show deep appreciation each day for the gift of life, for the blessings of our material and spiritual existence. The birds and beasts do it…and so should we!

Thought for the Day: With what song do I greet the morning?

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