Miracles Around us

Inspired by Psalm 8
Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 13, 2011

Holy Beloved,
Creator of the birds
and the beasts,
what marvels you have given us,
truly wonderful to behold,
yet how often
and easily
we overlook them;

You’d think,
wouldn’t You
that a miracle
repeated
would impress us;
instead
the more we see –
the less we notice;

we set aside
the everyday,
and scorn
the routine,
jaded
by our assumptions
that the sun will rise
again each day;

and the moon
will circle the earth
unceasingly,
like an infatuated lover,
tenderly,
irresistibly,
drawing a response
from the planet.

The swirling waves
kiss the shore
repeatedly,
lavishing the sand
with gifts
of polished driftwood
and beaded strands
of seaweed,

in the hidden tidepools
periwinkles slumber
in dreamless peace,
while barnacles
prepare to set sail
for parts unknown,
and the anemones
gracefully dance.

Delicate beauty
and sturdy constancy,
lasting through eons
of time
and trouble,
changes and conflicts
a concrete truth
that cannot be denied.

Creation stands,
a testament
to Your grand
and glorious design;
a strong
and silent refutation
of those who doubt
that You are You.

When I look at Your heavens,
Your earth,
the work of Your hands,
the moon and the stars
that proclaim
Your glory
and rejoice
in Your presence …

I wonder, most sincerely:
what are human beings
that You care for us at all?
Despite our sins and sulkiness,
our mindless disregard
for so much
that You have made –
You have crowned us;

we reign
over the earth you have made;
You have given us free rein
that we have often misused;
for the love of all that is holy
lead us away from all that is evil
and guide and direct us
to what is good and kind and blessed.

Amen.

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