praying the psalms: Psalm 8
When I look at all that you have donated (because what is creation if not the donation of existence to what has no existence in itself) – the mountains, the ants, the skies, the heavens, the dirt – I wonder. Your name is more grand than anything we know or can see and your glory is above the heights of creation. So what is man (feeble and finite, that we are) that you (only, ever, always supreme) are mindful of (that is caring of and desirous for) us? What is man that you – outside of and greater than all we know – care for us? You establish your strength in our weakness. You have given us everything. You have put all things under our feet – tame and wild nature, above and below. You give us charge. You give us responsibility. You give us love.
Help us to feel your strength within us.
Help us to feel your charge.
Help us to wonder at what you’ve made.
Help us to live into your love.
“Nothing humbles or shows you your worth like the night sky” – Sandra McCracken, The Night Sky
a prayer of invocation:
Sovereign God, we look at the things You have made, the works of Your hands, and we stop to consider them with awe. From the intricate immensity of the universe to the specific singularity of a flower, Your works astonish us. Who are we mortals that You pay attention to us? We wonder at your love for us and rejoice in your presence, praying in the name of the Creator, the Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
response and prayer of invocation contributed by Bryan Schultz