Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5
Morning Psalms: Psalms 50, 59, 60
New Testament: Hebrews 4:1-10
Gospel: John 3:16-21
Evening Psalms: Psalms 19, 46


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim  the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
(Psalm 19:1-2)

I’ve spent a lot of time in deserts, prairies, and mountains where the air is clear. One of my earliest memories is looking up at the stars. It didn’t make me feel small – it taught me the feelings of awe and wonder. At that age, I learned that God was everywhere, but mostly in Heaven. As a young man, thinking I grasped the concept of infinity, I felt very, very small. I learned that God was “out there,” monitoring my every action and thought. Later, I began to doubt that such a being could exist.

One very clear moonless night I sat at the rim of Bryce Canyon. I had never seen so many stars. I thought, “if there is a God, and if he created all this, there is no way that he cares what I do.” It was tremendously liberating to be freed from the all-seeing Eye. The elsewhere-god ceased to exist, but the stars still had a lot to say.

After many years, they eventually said, “You are the product of nearly 14 billion years of seamlessly connected creativity. The hydrogen atoms in these stars and in your body were formed at the Big Bang; the carbon atoms in your body were formed in ancient supernova explosions. God is not "Out There”, nor were you plopped down from Elsewhere. You emerged from the same heart of the cosmos that produced the infinite sky. You are connected to all this, and you cannot be unconnected.”

I like this new story, of a God present and active in the unbroken emergence from void to light to matter to life to consciousness to... whatever comes next. Finally, a God in which I can believe.


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