Praise Him, Sun and Moon

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The sky was clear last night and the moon was bright and almost nearly overhead.

Braving the mosquitoes, I stood in my driveway, trying to get a good shot.

I really enjoy looking at the night sky and seeing a small part of the vastness in space that God has created.

Each time the moon rises, its very presence praises God who made it….

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Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise Him in the heights above.
 Praise Him, all His angels;
    praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
 Praise Him, sun and moon;
    praise Him, all you shining stars.
 Praise Him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at His command they were created,
 and He established them for ever and ever—
    He issued a decree that will never pass away.

—Psalm 148:1-6

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The Skies Proclaim

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While driving to the hospital to make a visit, I noticed the sunset was incredibly amazing.

Not sure that I had ever seen anything quite like it before, I wanted to get some photographs of it.

Shadows were reaching up from the horizon, crossing different layers of clouds, making finger-like projections.

The entire collage of sun, shadow and clouds was inhabiting so much of the western sky, its vastness made the earth seem small in comparison.

Many of my friends later communicated to me that they had seen this glorious sight, also.

One of them referred to it all as, “God art.”

I agree.

God was allowing us to see great beauty above as He pulled the blanket of sky and clouds away for the night, sending this half of the world to rest until dawn.

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

—Psalm 19:1-4

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What is Mankind?

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The Moon orbits Earth at a tremendous speed.

Traveling constantly at 2,288 miles per hour, always in its track, never coming too close to Earth, never venturing too far away.

Perfectly placed by its Creator, suspended in space by His constant power.

Here we are on Earth, each of us going about our daily lives.

Compared to all the wonders in the heavens, we seem small in comparison.

Yet, God is mindful of us.

Every part of our who we are.

He cares for us with a love that is greater than we can understand.

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Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

—-Psalm 8:1-4

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You Are There

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This past Sunday morning on my way to church, I saw a hot air balloon in the distance.

I quickly got my camera out and began to photograph this simple marvel of flight, floating along above the lake.

When I came home from church, I looked online at a social media site.

There, I read that the parents of one of my son’s good friends were celebrating their anniversary by taking a hot air balloon ride.

As it turns out, I actually knew who was in the basket under the balloon!

Although I am not sure where they traveled, I do know one thing—God was with them.

In fact, no matter where they could’ve gone, He would have been there.

We cannot ever leave His presence.

Psalm 139:7-10 reads,

 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

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