Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Blog 102 Creator of All
Blog 102 Creator of All In reading a Scripture passage in my breviary this past week I was especially impressed with the author's elation and response to God in creation. Here is what I read from the book of Sirach (ch 42: 15 - 43:12)."As the rising of the sun is clear to all, so the glory of the Lord fills all His works. How beautiful are His works! ...all of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has He made in vain...the sun...the moon...the stars that adorn with their sparkling the heights of God at whose command they keep their place and never relax their vigils. Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor ; it spans the heavens with its glory, this bow bent by the hand of God." Sun, moon, stars, rainbow; all are ordinary things so frequently taken for granted, overlooked and missed as an expression of God's presence power goodness beauty and love. At any one time or another we may not have an opportunity of actually seeing with our eyes the stars the moon or a rainbow, but if we stop to think about it we know they are 'there', real, in some actual place in the universe. Wherever we are we have to take time, put other agendas aside for a while, and relax to let the Lord in. A poet might tell us the stars and the moon are 'watching' us though we may not be watching them. For someone who experiences faith in God as the Creator of all that exists the stars the sun and the moon are not just natural realities that we see, but gifts that we receive from our Creator. There is a dimension here that we cannot buy or earn. Once we we believe in God as the Creator of all, everything that exists is a gift. An atheist sees the sun and is warmed by it. So are we. An atheist is nourished by the same food and process as we. Only those who believe are consciously and personally gifted by the Father's love, always. God's love takes everything out of the ordinary, even time, and makes it special. All creation is a gift, an expression of the Father's love. Let's not pass it by as though all the beauty it offers is what we see rather than what we know, through faith.