The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaim his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19: 1-4 (NRSV)
Suzanne Felton is from Virginia. She experiences a special joy each time she pulls an envelope out of her mailbox and sees the handwriting of a dear friend or family member. She doesn't need to look at the return address to know who wrote the letter; she can recognize the author by the handwriting. Her college friend's handwriting is round and enthusiastic. Her childhood friend's handwriting is bold and flowery. Her mother had practiced handwriting of a teacher. Their written words are concrete reflections of themselves. Because she knows them so well. she can recognize their handwriting anywhere.
God's creation and work in our lives also bear an unmistakable mark. The strokes of God's hand reflect who God is. David affirms this in today's reading and quoted scripture. In Romans, Paul notes: "Since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made" (Rom. 1:20) God's signature is clear to all who look for it.
Suzanne's friends' handwriting is familiar to her because she knows them so well. and the better we come to know God through scripture, prayer, and daily meditation, the more we can recognize God's handiwork in the world and in our lives.
Prayer: Creator God, open our eyes to see your unmistakable mark on all that you have done so that we may understand you more fully, in Jesus' name, amen.