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Why Is God Mindful of Us?

June 4, 2020

“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?” Psalm 8:3-4

Creation is a vast thing. Too big, really, to comprehend.

One of the things I really enjoyed about living and working along the Carolina coast was being able to go to the ocean. If I had a difficult or challenging day in ministry, I could always stop at the beach on my way home and stare at the ocean for a few minutes. Watching the waves roll in, seeing the horizon stretch out, would put my problems in perspective.

The scope of creation can be overwhelming, however. We are so small. Do we matter? In this world of viruses and racism, of injustice and suffering, do we matter?

The psalmist declares, amazingly enough, that we do. Yes, God’s work is majestic and just plain huge. Yet in love, God is both mindful of and caring for us. One of my simple spiritual breakthroughs a few years back was the realization that not only does God love me, God likes me. God delights in spending time with me. Which, when we consider how well God knows me, is pretty remarkable.

God’s majesty has space for each of us. But before we let this be a nice, fluffy feeling, let’s remember that it’s also revolutionary. God’s majesty has space for each of us. If me matter this much to God (and we do, as clearly demonstrated by God’s willingness to die for us) then we must matter to one another. We are called to care for one another. To work together against viruses. To stand together against racism and injustice. To name particular suffering. To say that Black and Brown lives matter to God.

Creation’s a big place y’all, and God’s got a place in it for each of you. Let’s make space for each other.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Thank you, God, for the gift of creation and for Jesus, through whom we are recreated. Give us courage to work for the good of all people, that no one would feel unloved. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Three Lyles at the Pacific. This is from our vacation last summer (remember vacations?), at Cabrillo National Monument, July 20, 2019. Photo credit: Me.

From → COVID-19

One Comment
  1. lois combs permalink

    Pastor Dave, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your daily post, it’s one of the things I look forward to every morning!!

    Hope you guys are doing well, all is well with us, don’t know that you have heard, but Jim and I now live in Wake Forest, N.C. About 30 minutes from Resi and Keith, In fact we are attending the same church!

    Stay safe…..

    Peace, Lois Combs

    Sent from my iPad

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