Many of you have heard me (Rev. Gail) say before that one of my favorite things to do at the cottage is to lie on the dock and look at the stars at night; it simply fills me with awe! Rob Fennell reminds us that one of the deficits that we often develop is a shortage of wonder in our lives. Lists, tasks, roles, and rules make things regimented. Today, I invite you to take time to get lost in the wonder of God's world.
If you live in a place where there is enough darkness to see the stars - take a look at them tonight. You might be able to do this from inside your home if getting out is not an option; or use a photo, turn off the lights, and use your imagination.
As you look at (or imagine) the expanse of night sky, breathe in the vastness of this awesome creation.
Remind yourself that each distant star is a roaring ball of fire that signals the power and light of the Divine, Source of Life.
Focus on one group of stars, and marvel at the brilliance of them, and the uniqueness of them.
Remind yourself that you are part of this vast creation. In the midst of this vast, wondrous universe, God knows you, remembers you, and loves you.
Theologian St Augustine once said "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." Repeat this statement to yourself as a mantra a few times: 'in the midst of this vastness, God knows me and loves me.'
Before you leave, give thanks to God, the Divine Creator.
Peace, Rev. Gail
Adapted from a resource by Rob Fennell , and used with permission