June 6, 2011

God’s sky-jewelry (Trinity Sunday)

Psalm 8:3 (Message)

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.

Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy, photo copyright Robert Gendler (click the photo for more info)

The Genesis creation stories put an order to things: first this, then that. Or no. Hold on. First that, then this.

We’re told two stories, and they contradict. I don’t mind, though. The contradictions help me to shift my gaze from the literal to the poetic.

And with this softer gaze, I notice the One who came into being first in both stories.

The Creator preexisted the whole lot of us. The Creator is the lead actor, the heroine, the protagonist, in our creation stories. And our protagonist’s feats are astonishing!

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers….” (Ps. 8:3 TNIV).

Well…what does happen when we consider it? When we consider God’s sky-jewelry, stars and galaxies, moons and suns, all made by hand, the work of the Creator’s own fingers?