Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Prayer Is Consideration (PrayerLife)

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Feels Like -19 °F
Sunrise / Set
7:50 AM
5:43 PM
Waning Crescent

11 AM, Jan. 28, 2014.

The predicted high today is 2°F.

My son Josh works nights at Chrysler. His car wouldn't turn over at 5 AM today. I bundled up and went out into the -10°F weather and we jumped it.

On the drive home it was frigid and windless and dark. A large thin crescent moon hung in the eastern sky. Looking at it, I had a moment. 

The Biggest of Big Questions jump-started my spirit: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why does anything exist at all? That this universe in all its starry glory is coheres with my theistic worldview quite well. 

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?

- Psalm 8:2-4, The Message

All of this is prayer. When I consider your heavens, the moon and the stars...

To pray is to consider.

To attend. To behold. To contemplate. To ponder. To wonder.

Prayer is consideration.