“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? Psalms 8:3
The words of the psalmist convey the expanse of God’s reach. Something we quickly realized upon moving to Camden a year ago this week, was how dark the night sky was, after living in an urban setting for the previous eight years. Stars fill the night sky when we sit in the backyard, and with little light pollution, the majesty of the heavens reigns above. It’s so peaceful and provides a helpful perspective on the expanse of God’s reach.
This perspective has been life-giving in the middle of so much turmoil in our lives and world. Some of the words surrounding us today are full of the reminders of our fragility: inflation, supply chain issues, mass shootings, 100 days of war in Ukraine, denominational disagreements and disaffiliations, and another hurricane season upon us. This backyard perspective has also offered peace amid the joyful anticipation of a summer wedding for our youngest son, while also navigating the continuing struggles facing my aging parents. What are human beings that you are mindful of them?
How thankful I am for God’s mindfulness of us. For God’s mindfulness is centered on love, and that love for us was so strong that God sent Jesus to us, to reach out to us, to show us this great love.
So thankful for God’s mindfulness of us,