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God's Creation

Sep 10

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9/10/2017 12:00 AM  RssIcon

The past several weeks we have seen some awe-inspiring displays of God’s majesty revealed in creation. I’m sure many of us stepped outside a few Mondays ago to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse. And now we are seeing some awesome displays of power down in Texas with hurricane Harvey. These events, while very different, have had similar positive effects on our country.

It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or scroll through your Twitter feed nowadays without seeing some new controversy sweeping the nation. Recently the debate has revolved around statues. From confederate soldiers, certain Catholic Saints to even regular old Jesus Mary and Joseph statues inside Catholic schools, there never seems to be a way to please everyone. But despite this division, humanity still finds itself at the mercy of God’s great power.

The last total eclipse of the sun visible in the U.S. was in 1979. ABC news correspondent Frank Reynolds anchored the event and said something worth reflecting upon. He closed the broadcast with these words: “So that's it, the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent in this century, and, as I said, not until August 21st, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America. That's 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”

His words are inspiring and yet stir within us a great sadness. The world is not any more at peace now than it was 38 years ago. Given the current political climate of our country, things would seem to have gotten much, much worse. And yet, amid the division, we know that for a brief moment on Monday August 21st the majority of us had our eyes lifted towards the heavens. We paused. We stood in awe. That is quite a feat, to calm so many busy and divided souls. Yet our Lord revealed to us a deeper truth that day. He showed us that we still need Him. So often our modern society neglects to recognize our creator. We’ve accomplished so much over the decades, the need to be ‘saved’ has grown less and less. But our Lord still calls us to look heavenward, to look to him in the midst of division and sorrow.

Just as we began to shift our gaze back to Him, we saw tragedy strike Houston. Once again though, we hit the pause button on all our petty quarrels and came together to help one another. God’s creation can be both beautiful and destructive. What matters most though is our reaction to it. Will we ignore his gifts when they fall into our lives? Will we lose faith in the midst of the storms of this life? Or will we gaze up at the heavens and find strength in our savior? Keep this in mind in the coming weeks as we face the trials in our own lives and those that divide our country. When you begin to despair about the state of things, do not give in to the darkness and the storms, but look towards the heavens for God’s light and hope. 

God bless,
Emily Branscum
Pastoral Associate Faith Formation

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