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When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers ...what are mere mortals ...that you watch over them with such care? (Psalms 8:3-4 [4-5])

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When God created "lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night," he said, "Let them be for signs, seasons [mo'adim], days and years" (Genesis 1:14). Later, these mo'adim became known as mo'adey Adonai (the appointed times of the Lord)— the yearly cycle of festivals ordained for Israel (Leviticus 23:1-2,44). Before Israel or even mankind had been created,God anticipated Israel's life of worship and made detailed provision for it.

Science may describe the "heavenly lights" as distant planets, stars, and galaxies hurling through empty space. Humankind, in this view, often seems dwarfed and insignificant against the vastness of the cosmos. To the eye of faith, however, these same planets and stars are reminders of a loving Creator. He is not a nameless force, but a Father who made plans for his children from the very beginning. Here is an aspect of love that we do not always speak of, but that parents understand instinctively. Love anticipates the needs of the beloved and seeks to meet them before they even arrive. The Lord who created the boundless expanse of space "is mindful of us." Such is the Father's love!

...think in advance of the needs of my loved ones, even as the Lord is ever mindful of me.


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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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