What Are Human Beings?

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  
—Psalm 8:3-4
The universe that the psalmist knew was far smaller than ours, and yet she or he recognized that, when compared to its vastness, human beings were just a speck in they eye of God. Too often, today's people believe all things must serve human life—especially those who call themselves pro-life—for they care nothing for the lives of non-humans or the planet we live on, let alone the galaxies that exist beyond the reach of human power.

Psalm 8 should teach us humility, for truly we are miniscule creatures. But once we have acknowledged this, the same psalm can teach us dignity, for the vastness of God has chosen us to receive love and grace beyond description.  

I acknowledge to you, Lord, my smallness in the scheme of things. Who am I that I dare bother you with my prayers or ask you to take notice of me? And yet, you ask me to come to you, and you do listen. Thank you for your greatness and thank you for your kindness; in Jesus' Name. Amen.