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From a Distance

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“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have
set your glory above the heavens…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 8:1, 3-4

This past Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the United States being the first to put “a man on the moon.” July 20, 1969 was the day astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon’s surface and then walked on the moon while fellow astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module that orbited above them. You may be one that remembers where you were that day in 1969 and perhaps joined millions around the world to watch the event on television.

When I was watching some of the anniversary coverage of the moon walk and the Apollo 11 space flight, I noticed how in awe the astronauts were to look from space and see the earth. One of the astronauts made the comment that from that distance the earth looked so peaceful and that there were no boundaries or borders.

The song “From a Distance” then popped into my mind. It would be 21 years after the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon walk that singer Bette Midler made this song a hit in 1990. The opening words of the song say, “From a distance the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white.” The song goes on to include phrases that say, “From a distance, there is harmony.” “From a distance we all have enough, and no one is in need.” “From a distance we are instruments marching in a common band.” “From a distance you look like my friend, even though we are at war.”

The song ends with the words, “And God is watching us, God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance.”

The Psalmist in Psalm 8 is also in awe when looking at the handiwork of God. The Psalmist is awed that the Creator of the moon and stars would entrust small, humble humanity the responsibility over the earth. As we think back at what the Apollo 11 mission was able to accomplish, may we also be awed by what God, the Creator, has given us and entrusted us with here on earth.

May we also continue to live on this earth in the way it looks like from a distance…no divisions; but harmony, unity, enough, abundance, friendship, and peace.

May we make it so,