The Night Sky
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 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?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth. Psalm 8 (NRSV)
Doug Hagler lives in Tennessee. It was too hot to sleep in his bedroom. After trying to find a comfortable position and sweating all the while, Doug went outside and laid a blanket on the small deck. He made himself comfortable and watched the stars. Before he moved to this rural area in Tennessee, where there is little light pollution and dark means dark, Doug went for weeks - even months - without looking up. He seldom saw the magnificence of the night sky. Where was his attention if not turned to the natural glory around him?
Looking at the stars, Doug found that it didn't take long for him to turn inward. As he looked, he'd have two thoughts at once: Given the vastness of all that is, how is it that I exist? And, given that I am in the midst of this great vastness, how can my response be anything other than gratitude?
Doug prays that he can remain in the middle of those two thoughts, humble and grateful at the same time.
Take time to gaze at the sky for it is amazing. It should make us feel humble and grateful too. We have an awesome God!
Prayer: Lord of the universe, keep our attention turned upward so that we may find our place in this wondrous world you have created, in Jesus' name. Amen.