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BIG AND SMALL

            On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.  It was an amazing moment in human history.  If you were alive that day, you probably remember where you were when Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  It was a stunning and unforgettable accomplishment by men and women who gave their time, energy and commitment to do what seemed impossible.

            A lot has changed in fifty years.  We know so much more about the universe and our own galaxy, the Milky Way.  One insight is how small we are in our galaxy and the universe.  Earth sits in the Orion Arm, one of the spirals in our galaxy. The Orion Arm is 3,500 light years across and 10,000 light years long.  Earth is one of eight planets in our solar system.  Life on earth is possible because it sits at just the right distance from a star called the sun. If earth were a bit closer, it would be too hot.  A bit farther away and it would be too cold.  So here we are, a collection of 8 planets and a star taking up one tiny spot in one of the Milky Way spirals.  According to astronomers, there are approximately 100 billion other stars in our galaxy and between 100 and 200 billion other galaxies in the universe.  Wow, do I feel small!

            I wonder if King David was on the roof of the palace, looking at the stars when he wrote in Psalm 8: “When I look at the sky, which you have made,   at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places— what are human beings, that you think of them;
mere mortals, that you care for them?”

            In John 3:16, God answers David’s question.  “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”  Rejoice in God’s love for you each day and the gift of God’s creation.

Pastor Mark