How Humbling
Posted on July 28, 2015 by Sister Carol Perry

It is another of those moments, isn’t it, when all our human quarreling and sniping, all our politics and passions, seem to fade into insignificance. WE have glimpsed something beyond ourselves.

I am referring, of course, to the stunning feat of little New Horizons, the interplanetary probe that has been traveling, unknown to me, since 2006 to catch a glimpse of Pluto. And it has!!

All that scientific know-how has given us our first photos of what we now call a “dwarf planet”. I don’t know whether I should marvel more at that look into the unknown or at the calculations that enabled those cameras to send such pictures across 3 billion miles of space.

Despite naysayers among the scientists, despite funding cuts and reductions, the dreamers behind this scientific feat never gave up and their reward is a gift and a challenge to each of us. We have peered into the edge of space and everything has shifted. At least, it has for me.

I am back at my Creator’s feet with prayers of awe and gratitude and a renewed sense of what it means for me to have life in this universe. I am so small and it keeps being revealed as so huge, and what still lies beyond?

I don’t know, but since that probe is programmed to continue traveling for another 20 years what might it still have to teach us? There are more questions than answers here, but a mind mightier than mine and an infinite plan beyond our calculations make everything human shift into a new alignment.

I think it is time to sing with new vigor the old hymn “How Great Thou Art”.

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bc on August 7, 2015

My roommate think we should put those money's in earth and make more rose garden,and similar. But i do agree with you a moment, far away from the reckless human race is refreshing experience. But i can have those moments too when I go sit in the river banks or mountain ridge, alone,all by myself. I feel I'm really close to God and full of gratitude and humble. Back to the land!

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