May 26, 2021
“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? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5
Last night’s moon was really big and bright. As the light of Tuesday faded, the moon rose in its brilliance. By now, if you are a regular reader of this devotion, you well know that God’s good creation inspires me. Last night after a hectic start to the week, I needed some peace, and the moon rise gave me a reminder that God is fully in charge. God is in charge of my smooth days when things seem to go as I envision them, and last night God reminded me that God was in charge during two particularly challenging days. And God will send us reminders to pause and rest. It may be a sunrise and the dawning of a new day. Maybe the reminder will come at sunset as the day winds to a close and God paints a beautiful mosaic across the sky. Or a brilliant moon rise when a cool breeze blew in the early evening. A reminder of the ever changing seasons of life, a reminder that creation too keeps its appointed destinations.
I thought of this Psalm from David. How David puts so well the question of how a God who can create the universe and everything in it can actually care about us? And yet God did just that. God loves us and gave us dominion over God’s good creation here on earth. God sends us reminders daily that God is indeed hearing our prayers and is near to us. The evidence is in the people of love and compassion all around us who remind us of how God loves and moves through all of us.
And so, gentle reader, I pray as you reflect over this passage of Scripture today, that you can see reminders of God’s love for us. The reminders can be found in people, in creation, maybe even in a good and loving memory of a saint who has gone before us. God gives us reminders as a way of showing God’s love no matter what we may be facing. Let’s make sure we do not move so quickly through our days that we miss God’s loving reminders.
PRAYER: Gracious God, Thank you for reminding us of your love through many signs and many people. Help us to see and sense your presence. Help us to be a sign of your love to others in your world. Grant us your peace. Amen.