January 18, 2021

The Two Extremes

You are the Lord, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven worships you.
Nehemiah 9:6
It seems that there are two extremes in the today's world. On the one hand, there are those who embrace the scientific theories and explanations for the origins of the universe, believing that they, by definition, cancel out the idea of a divine Creator. On the other hand we find people of faith who believe that the creation story we find in the Book of Genesis contains scientific fact, meaning that modern scientific research is to be rejected out-of-hand.
✙ 
And then there are people like me (and virtually everybody in my church): We embrace both the science and the Creator. We find beauty and meaning in the new theories surrounding the origins of the universe. And yet we also find beauty and meaning in the creation story we find in the Bible. The poetic cadences of Genesis 1 do something for us that science cannot: They root us in tradition, show us evolution from our ancestors' perspective, and help us stand in awe of a process that even now is not understood. No less awesome is the expanding cosmos of modern science and telescopic views that project us not only millions of light years in distance, but also millions of years into the past.
✙ 
People like us don't get much attention. But I think we're quite happy being stuck, as we are, between faith and physics. Far from being a difficult position to maintain, we feel we get the best of both worlds. Though each new scientific discovery makes Christian fundamentalists look increasingly silly, more progressive Christians find their faith affirmed by the wonder of a universe more vast than our ancestors could have imagined. And we know that—for us, at least—the presence of a Creator will always be required to get things started in the first place.

From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
 Romans 11:36
Pray the following hymn after thinking about today's devotion:
God of the sparrow,
God of the whale,
God of the swirling stars:
How does the creature say Awe?
How does the creature say Praise?

God of the earthquake,
God of the storm.
God of the trumpet blast:
How does the creature cry Woe?
How does the creature cry Save?

God of the rainbow,
God of the cross,
God of the empty grave:
How does the creature say Grace?
How does the creature say Thanks?
 
God of the hungry,
God of the sick,
God of the prodigal:
How does the creature say Care?
How does the creature say Life?
✙ 
God of the neighbor,
God of the foe,
God of the pruning hook:
How does the creature say Love?
How does the creature say Peace?

God of the ages,
God near at hand,
God of the loving heart:
How do your children say Joy?
How do your children say Home? 
 Jaroslav J. Vajda (1983)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
Losung Losungen Moravian Daily Texts Watchword Watchwords Lehrtext Lehrtexte Teaching Text

Text selection ©2020 Evangelische Brüder-Unität