This morning I was sitting out on the courtesy dock, over the water, meditating at sunrise. That doesn’t happen all that often anymore. Even great beauty can begin to be common place when you live with it everyday. It was cloudy today and there wasn’t the spectacular sunrise seen in today’s photo, but as my meditation ended I still sat there amazed at the creation of God, remembering the wonderful images of the eclipse we watched via livestream from NASA. There was great emotion coming from people viewing this event — even scientists.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
As I watched the eclipse as it crossed the country yesterday I remembered the excitement I felt the first time I saw a human brain. I was studying physiological psychology at the time. Our knowledge of how the brain actually worked was still rather limited back then, but I was amazed at how unimpressive an actual human brain outside of the body can be, knowing that the brain is responsible for everything we do and think, waking as well as sleeping. Even our breath and heartbeat are controlled by the brain. In recent years great strides have been made in our understanding of the brain and how it works making it even more amazing that the wonders of human life are controlled by that hunk of gray matter.
When I was in college there was a fear among some Christians that if Christian young people studied science they would become atheists. There are many scientists around the world who are people of faith — people who still stand amazed at the wonders of nature and by studying them believe in God, Creator, life force, what ever name you use, even more.
So if you stood amazed at the Glory of God yesterday as you watched the eclipse, carry that with you in your heart. It is easy to get caught up in the trials and tribulations of daily life and forget. Let your heart be softened and changed by this encounter. Take this memory out from time and time and let your heart sing….
July is National Ice Cream Month by Presidential Proclamation 5219, signed by then President Reagan on July 9, 1984. But did you know that today, July 17 is also National Ice Cream Day? Ice cream is certainly one way I enjoy my journey through life.
Let’s think about ways we can celebrate ice cream.
Try a new flavor.
Give homemade a try. There are many different ways and recipes to make homemade ice cream. It is fun. Homemade tastes better than store-bought. Try it.
Create a new recipe either for ice cream or using ice cream as an ingredient.
Can’s eat dairy? No problem! There are non-dairy options made with alternative milks (such as alm0nd, rice or coconut). Some are even made with frozen fruit such as bananas. Try my Carrot Cake Fruit Cream.
Set up a sundae bar. Let the kids help. Don’t forget to include healthy toppings such as fresh fruit and berries.
Get social with your ice cream. I’m not talking about social media here, invite people over for homemade ice cream or a sundae party. Get the neighbors involved and have a block party. It often seems that food divides us, but I believe it can still bring us together.
This has been a favorite song of mine for a long time. Last year I had a new experience with this song as a way to end a church service. We were circled up around the chairs and as we sang we moved to the music, smiled at each other and even giggled a little. We actually sang it three or four times, it felt so good. The music ended in hugs as the service ended. I believe with all my heart that life is not intended to be all struggle. There are moments of clarity for all of us that need to be celebrated.
So, go ahead and sing. “I can see clearly now the rain is gone…” Allow the music to make you smile and even dance a little if you are so inclined.
You may recognize the title of this post as words from the Bible (Psalm 8:3 KJV). Looking up at the night sky has inspired poets, artists, philosophers, theologians, musicians, scientists and other dreamers since time began. Technology now lets us see the stars in a way we never have before. Need a little inspiration? See the universe through the lens of the Hubble Telescope.