Daily Bread August 27

God of the Universe
Judy Luffman of Redmond, OR, USA

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. -Psalm 84:1-4        

We live in an area with rules about landscape lighting to help limit light pollution at night. Having lived in suburban neighborhoods for many years where there were no restrictions, this meant an adjustment on our part when choosing exterior light fixtures as our house was built. But we are now able to enjoy stepping outside on a clear night and seeing more stars and planets in our visible part of the solar system than in our previous neighborhoods.

However, nothing prepared us for the incredible view of the night sky from a French Polynesian island quite a distance away from Tahiti. The Milky Way appeared to be a thick cloud of light; and it, along with other objects in the solar system and beyond, appeared close enough to reach out and touch. It was breathtaking.

That experience brought to mind Psalm 8, where the Psalmist wrote, “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?”

It is hard for us to comprehend that the God of the incredible universe cares about each one of us. Praise God for God’s infinite love and care.

Prayer Phrase

“In God’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10).

Spiritual Practice

All That Lives

Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all that lives. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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