Praising the God of All CreationNew Every Morning | March 16, 2023
Psalm 8 celebrates the place of human beings within all creation. The psalmist expresses wonder and amazement at the majesty and vastness of creation. Then he marvels at the unique relationship God holds with humans among the cosmos. The devotion uses the “Gloria Patri” and other words from the full text of Psalm 8, including the title “Lord” to address God. The meditation invites us to consider the psalmist’s question, “What are human beings that you pay attention to them?” Use the meditation as a way of listening for God’s answer.
—Kristen E. Vincent and Max O. Vincent, Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2014)
What are your favorite items in creation to praise God for? Join the conversation.
When I look up at your skies,
at what your fingers made—
the moon and the stars
that you set firmly in place—
what are human beings
that you think about them;
what are human beings
that you pay attention to them?
—Psalm 8:3-4 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Pray the following prayer as you touch the cross, invitatory bead, and resurrection beads on a set of Protestant prayer beads.
Holy God, heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
Let my praise be united with that of
the angels as we proclaim that
you are holy, holy, holy. Amen.
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Sunrise and sunset.
Yesterday at Bible Study there was a new member. She is a young mother (she brought her son) and is new to the area. She has been watching our services online. She feels ready to come to church. She kept saying that she wants to come but that her husband works Sundays. I assured her that coming alone with her child is a normal thing. I told her I, and indeed many others, attend alone. I also invited her to sit with me if she felt awkward sitting alone. I know Jill also attends church alone and doing so never gave me pause. I did not understand her reluctance at first but as I listened I came to understand she was unsure of attending without her husband. Just seemed odd to me.
Majestic snow capped mountains inspire awe. Trickling creeks with clear water quiet me. The silence while hiking in remote places – maybe not silence, but lack of worldly generated noise replaced by nature communicating – I love it.
This week at school has just been a lot. I don’t know why it is so busy and I seem to be doing things at the last minute. Not my m.o. at all, and gets me way out of my comfort zone. My stack of things to grade just keeps getting thicker. Good thing it is March Madness time and I can camp out in front of the tv with my red pen and stack of papers. Tomorrow marks the end of the third grading period…hard to believe the school year is 75% complete.
Mild temps today – so I got out for a walk before dinner. Supposed to begin raining here in a bit and will rain for almost 24 hours. No jog in the am…another reason to get out for the walk.
My sister and Don arrived home last night. I talked with her this morning and she said dad changed his flight and will be arriving home the Thursday before Easter. I hope the weather is decent here in April so he can golf. Otherwise, he might rue coming home early.
Ally – hoping to hear positive news regarding Lewis.