Psalm 8:1-9 (NRSV)

1 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!   

Psalm 8:3-4 (NRSV)

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

DEVOTION – Michael Raypholtz (Ohio)

During my freshman year of college I got my very first part in a play.  I played a paperboy, and I think it was the smallest part.  I came on stage, annoyed all the other characters, and left.  Today, almost 30 years later, I can barely remember the plot of that play.  But if anyone had asked at the time, I would have told them that it was all about the life of a paperboy – even though I was on stage a grand total of three minutes!

I must confess that sometimes I think life is all about me – my own troubles, agendas, and aspirations.  However, now and then the facts bring me back to reality.  I read recently that scientists estimate that over 100 billion people have lived on the earth, and that there are hundreds of millions of galaxies in the universe.  All of this is in the hands of our mighty God.  Even knowing this, I am still tempted to see myself as the “star of the show.”  Jesus said that God loves each one of us – that God has counted the number of hairs on our individual heads.  (See Matt. 10:30 and Luke 12:7).)  I find that God often reminds me that I am called to a supporting role, and that real joy is found in putting God and neighbor first.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today, I will take a lesser role and put God and others first.

PRAYER: Dear God, we confess that sometimes we are wrapped up in ourselves and forget about others.  Help us to open our hearts to a bigger world and a bigger love.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES WITH PRIDE

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