Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” vss. 1-2Psalm 90: 1-6
From the beginning star-gazers have pondered the origins of the universe and have wondered how all things have come into being. Probably every ethnicity and ancient culture had their own perspectives on creation and early religious groups adopted these stories as a part of their worldview. We have the ancient Hebrew account in the book of Genesis and some Christians have absorbed those creation narratives and made them their own. In these latter days’ astronomers and astrophysicists, using powerful space telescopes, have come up with more scientific, constantly evolving, ways of understanding our place in the universe. With all the advances though, there’s something compelling about a perspective like the Psalmist’s prayer, “before (all things), from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” There’s such simplicity and beauty in those words, especially since our little minds can’t begin to comprehend the complexities and contradictions proposed by the scientific model. All the talk about the “big bang” and “black holes” simply makes our heads spin. The knowledge gained does nothing for the concerns of our hearts. How much better it is to give thanks for the gift of being alive in such a spectacular universe and simply affirm that undergirding it all, God is! Nothing more need be said!
Thought for the Day: What speaks more clearly to me, Genesis or science?