From the moon the earth looked just like a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. The earth is uncommonly lovely. It is the only warm living object that we saw in space on our flight to the moon. . . . That beautiful, warm living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.
—James B. Irwin (U.S. astronaut), To Rule the Night: The Discovery Voyage, quoted in Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room Books, 2009)
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How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
—Psalm 36:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
As the earth,
so beautiful, so warm,
receives and reflects the sunlight,
so may I receive and reflect your love.
—Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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