Thank you for all the thoughtful responses to our next door neighbors’ decision to fly an offensive flag. It’s still flying on their roof and I haven’t talked to them. I did receive a balm from you – it doesn’t resolve this particular situation, but offers a reminder that there are people who are respectful and thoughtful and want to work together for good. I also admit that I loved the approach to life that one of you took in saying that I should bake myself some cookies in consolation for having the see that flag every day!
To put it all in perspective: Have you seen the first pictures from the James Webb Space telescope? It not, please go to NASA.gov where you can scroll through galleries of them. They are miraculous and they are breathtakingly beautiful. Above is one of my favorites, which NASA has given permission to be used and shared.
Those are stars in the forefront of the picture. Behind them? Galaxies, forming in the infancy of the cosmos. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “We’re looking back more than 13 billion years…that light you are seeing from one of those little specks has been traveling for over 13 billion years."
Or as Psalm 19 says:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Wow! Thanks be to God!
Grace and peace,