A Big Eared Dog at the Edge of the Solar System

When I was a kid I loved astronomy. I guess it all started with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet this was a serialized television show back in the early and mid-50s. Recently I watched some of these episodes on YouTube and was amazed at how primitive and hokey it was. At the time, however, I was totally committed until many years later I became a “Trekkie.” Television fiction aside I have been in love with the stars and the heavens that God has made and that every day is being opened up to our amazement and awe.

The New Horizons mission to Pluto as been a wild success. Every day I awaits the pictures and every day I stand amazed at what I am seeing. Every now and then I hear someone complaining about the amount of money we spend sending spaceships on lengthy missions but I stop that kind of talk in its tracks. I am a believer in God the Creator of everything that is – from the tiny atom to the expanse of what little bit of the universe we can see and explore.

Pluto is 3 billion miles away – a pretty good trip by anyone standard and yet when you start thinking about light years and galaxies that are millions of light-years across and contain billions of stars you begin to get an appreciation for the canvas on which God painted a home for humanity and the place where God sent Jesus to literally show the face of God to us – earthlings – on what amounts to an infinitely small speck of dust in the midst of an unimaginably expansive home.

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the universe