For the Beauty of the Earth

Sometimes we need a little nudge in order to truly see.

The Scripture

Psalm 8
New Revised Standard translation

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants You have founded a bulwark because of Your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

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? Yet You have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

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~ Reflection ~ by Deborah Beach Giordano
May 23, 2016

Psalm 8 ~ retold by Deborah

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O joyful, majestic, inspiring Spirit, Your glory shines forth over all the earth. In the sparkling sea, on the bright snowy peaks, in the green valleys and the white-sanded deserts; in the wildflowers that flow across hillsides, the deer that dance in the shadows, and the salmon that splash in the streams.

Jays whistle and shout, frogs jump for joy, trees tremble and wave as the beauteous parade passes by.

While we, like blind moles, stumble along, unseeing, unthinking, absorbed in ourselves.

Then, in an instant, Your light strikes us: colors are suddenly brighter, the air fragrant, the breeze enlivening, the sounds delightful, the ground beneath our feet filled with sacred power and we know — for an instant, we know — that You are here; that we live amidst a divine realm.

Suddenly we are deeply, truly, vividly aware and in awe. And we are filled with wonder; we marvel at All That Is, and we are curious: why have we been brought here; why are we so blessed — and often so blind?

No ancient king or medieval prince enjoyed riches greater than these: the shining stars, the playful moon, the radiant sun, our abundant, precious earth; birds and bees, lizards and llamas, cats and coyotes, roses and robins, dogs and dolphins and dandelions…

You have placed us in the midst of glories beyond compare. We are blessed beyond all telling.

Joyful, majestic, inspiring Spirit, Your glory shines forth over all the earth.

Amen!

   

Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,

Deborah

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This Week’s Suggested Spiritual Exercise

Take time to rejoice in the wonders all around you.