“Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call” [LATIN Hymn, 9th Cent]. The words of this hymn conjure up in my mind the fact that God is both in charge of the universe and cares about each one of us. What a contrast…all the stars in the heavens and each and every one of us. No wonder we say that “God never sleeps”, with all of that to be concerned about when could he? And, as Olber’s Paradox states…why is the night sky dark? If there are zillions of stars in a like number of galaxies, why doesn’t their light make the night sky bright? Why is there darkness between the stars/…because God made it that way. I’m not trying to overwhelm you with my knowledge of astronomy (it’s actually very limited) but just trying to get you to consider the vastness of Gods concern for all of us whom He has created.
This weekend’s scripture invites us to both think about the nature of God being,” way out there” and God being as close to us as the person we can see nearby. Maybe God is cloaked in mystery, that may appear to make Him virtually unfathomable, but He is also near, closer to us than our own breath. Yes, God is transcendent and immanent…far and near at the same time. A rewritten version of Psalm 139:7-10, helps me to understand this notion of God’s majesty. It says,” Where can you go from my spirit? Where can you flee from my presence? If you ascend to heaven, I am there; if you make your bed in Sheol, I am there. If you take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there my hand shall lead you, and my right hand hold you fast.” The intention is not to appear to be running away from God but rather that He is where we are, whenever and wherever we need Him, He is always available to us and with us. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, Emmanuel, God-is-with-us.
This week, if the clouds permit we should have been able to see the super blood moon at 3:29am. It’s when the moon is closest to the earth, would have a reddish glow, and makes it appear brighter and 14% larger then a typical moon. I will wait until Jan. 20,2019 when this occurs again at 6:41 pm! I will not wait to see, feel, and appreciate Gods presence in my life… here and now!