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Psalm 8.3 – When I consider the 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?
As I stood watching out for the Perseids meteor shower I was reminded of Genesis 1:16 ‘God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars’. It’s as though the stars ‘were an afterthought’, yet on a cold clear night the true majesty and enormity of God’s creation can be witnessed.
When I think ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where do I fit in God’s creation?’ I realize I am surrounded by the gracious works of God; and as part of that creation I am not left alone to my own devices to figure out who I am, but am given a place in relation to God, His world and his people.
Father, I praise you for your wonderful creation in all of its glory. I give you thanks for your mindfulness and the relationship that we have together. I know that you love me, not for what I do or do not do but for who I am.
I pray that my relationship with you remains strong and I give you thanks for the gift of faith, so that when I do submit to my sinful nature I know that through your sacrifice of your son Jesus Christ, all of my sins are forgiven and our relationship is made whole once more.
Watching for meteors on Cleeve Hill © Terry Richer