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Devotion - December 22, 2020

Psalm 148:1-6 1. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. 2. Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him all you shining stars. 4. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. 5. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. 6. He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away. Reflection by Darlene Wagner

During these times of deadly disease and increasing poverty, it seems as if the Divine Spirit has turned away from us. It seems as if we live in a universe that is indifferent to human suffering. Worse yet, too many humans dismiss sickness and death as a “hoax”, adding to the apparent indifference of the universe. By contrast, scriptures promise that our universe is not the indifferent coldness which we fear. The highest heavens: sun, moon, and stars, including planets, testify to the glory of the Divine Spirit. Jupiter and Saturn appeared to meet on solstice evening (is that really a coincidence?) and the promise of Christ’s salvation for everyone is reaffirmed. Our God knows that we need a reminder of His promise during these darkest of days. In the promise of light, Nature invites us to worship the Creator.

Invocation The vastness of the mighty mountain praises you, Great Father. The planets meeting in the night-sky-dome affirm your word. All Nature praises you! Proclaiming your enduring Blessing! Before you, Father of Lights, I offer these, my humble gifts!