great interest, I've been watching the space shuttle
Discovery's crew and their activities during this,
NASA's historic return to space flight.
myself in awe on so many levels, not the least of
which being the knowledge and understanding of the
laws of science required to conquer the space
frontier. I am impressed by the drive and
determination of all those involved in our space
program who have experienced setbacks and sorrows
and adversities and have worked through them to come
out stronger and even more respectful of the tenuous
nature of their field of study. I am humbled
by the trust the astronauts must have in their
colleagues' abilities and the faith they have to
have to literally step off into the unknown.
these incredible images --photographs from space--
transmit to my computer and television, showing our
life-sustaining planet and the vastness that
surrounds us, I am awe-struck by the profundity of
remember my first plane trip as a young child,
looking out the window to the tiny world below and
wondering if that was how we appeared to God.
And now, with these photographs of Earth from space,
I'm awash with emotion, because now I wonder
if this is how God sees us. Not as some
whirling mass of water and rock and gas, but as a
whole. As His complete creation. As the
possibility of existing in harmony,
person-to-person, living thing-to-living thing.
These pictures remind me how much our God loves us.
Looking into the beyond and down to Earth, it is so
easy to feel so small, so insignificant in the
greatness of all God has created. Yet, we are
individually, as parts of the world God made, so
loved that He sent for our sakes, a baby, His son,
who would grow up to teach us about our Father and
to fulfill our need for a Savior.
as I write this, we all await Discovery's return to
Earth, filled with awe, hope, faith, a little fear,
and much expectation. This, I believe, is how
we are called to live our lives in Christ, waiting
on God to complete His work in us, with all due
reverence and trust in the One who gives us life.
Grace and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,