October 3, 2018
Psalm 8 …“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” vss. 3-4
Twenty-five hundred years ago the psalmist was fully aware of the wonders of the universe. Even without a space telescope, he sensed that the earth was but a puny speck among the thousands of stars filling the canopy of the heavens. What amazed him then and what amazes us now, is that the God who brought all things into existence could care one bit about human beings! Our earth is a tiny blue dot in a remote section of the Milky Way galaxy. How dare we believe that we have any universal significance? But that’s what the psalmist believed. He says that humans have a special place in creation and that we are deeply loved by God. In fact, he tells us that we have a special responsibility for our earth and all its inhabitants. There is a great truth in his words. No matter what we think about God or the universe, even if we don’t believe that there is a God, we have a special responsibility for this place we inhabit. We don’t live here to despoil the environment or cause the extinction of species. We’re not here to pillage our beautiful planet. Just as God has cared for us and given us the joy of existence, we are to care for the earth and all its inhabitants and do whatever we can to preserve it. Such is our sacred trust!
Thought for the Day: Why do some people disparage environmentalists?