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”.