Reflecting on Stardust….

Star Gazing by Tomasz HuczekWe are expecting a very cold, very clear night after another long day of snow. It’s been a brutal winter and I long for spring to arrive. So I was drawn to this magical photo by my friend Tomasz. I love the velvet green pastures and the winding road that leads us to the edge of a sleepy village. Without street lights to wash out the sky, the stars seem so bright that you could just reach up and grab a handful. The cedar of Lebanon shelters the home in the foreground, so much more prominent than anything man has placed in this scene. Yet even this vast and majestic tree cannot compete with our attention for the stars in the sky. Perhaps we yearn for the stars because we are made of stardust. Yes, literally made of stardust. It’s not a line from a poem or a fanciful notion. Every atom except hydrogen has been created through the nuclear fusion of the stars, stars that came into being at the creation of the universe and flung matter across the galaxies light years away. The early universe expanded after the Big Bang for only 3 seconds before it cooled to a state where subatomic particles assembled into atoms. Science and faith may be odds for some folks, but for me science fuels my awe and reverence for the Holy of Holies. The Creator gave us a beautiful and elegant universe where the tiniest of the tiny parallels the largest of the large, light that is both wave and particle, bodies that contain flesh and bone and soul. Is it any surprise that our bodies as God’s temples are made from stardust? Would anything less serve as a fitting vessel for the immanent God that dwells within us, as close as our breath yet as vast as the universe? Make time today to soak in the elegance and beauty of creation. Bundle up and venture out into the cold, clear night to gaze at the stars, to wonder at the majesty of creation, to humbly give thanks for our bodies and souls. Turn your eyes and your hearts to the source of simple blessings, warm homes, dry beds, full bellies. And always remember, when the vagaries of this life consume us, the night sky remains to remind us we are precious Children of God. Text by Connie Chintall ©2014, Photo entitled ‘Star Gazing’ by Tomasz Huczek ©2013, to see more of his photos, go to http://tomasz.cc/, or check out  the video “We are Stardust” – A Symphony of Science at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g4d-rnhuSg

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gillianbarr
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 21:14:47

    YOu might enjoy my new bishop’s 2014 Lenten reflections. +W. Nicholas Knisely was/is a physicist and astronomer before being ordained. He’s published them in a book, _Lent Is Not Rocket Science_ but it’s sold out, so will be posting them daily at episcopalri.org or some place linked from there.

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  2. seekthesacred
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:00:34

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  3. Ken Gwira
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 12:34:42

    March 8, is International Women’s Day. Like the billions of stars in the sky, there billions of women here on earth whose light we can appreciate if we take time to look. Thanks again for a comment you made on a previous post of mine.

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  4. Gia
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 07:09:17

    “We are stardust
    Billion year old carbon
    We are golden …
    And we’ve got to get ourselves
    back to the garden”

    Excellent post, Connie.

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