September 7, 2015

Psalm 8:3, 4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

The distance from wherever you are right now to the moon is about 238,900 miles. If you started walking right now you would get there…. You would never get there. According to space.com, “The mean radius of the sun is 432,450 miles, which makes its diameter about 864,938 miles. You could line up 109 Earths across the face of the sun. It may be the biggest thing in this neighborhood, but the sun is just average compared to other stars. Betelgeuse, a red giant, is about 700 times bigger than the sun and about 14,000 times brighter.” The numbers are astronomical, literally! But you don’t need the numbers when the sky is clear and you see the sun, moon and stars to know that you are something pretty small in the midst of something pretty vast. The writer of the Psalm didn’t have the numbers but did have the connection. The fact that we can think about things like who we are and where we are and how we got here and what we are doing here is as miraculous and amazing as the size and scope of the universe. What will you consider this week? Will it matter?

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