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It is one thing to be surrounded by beauty and gift; it is another to recognize it and speak it. I shall never forget trekking into a deep valley of the Black Hills with my own campus pastor and our leadership team at night. We lay on blankets to watch the Milky Way rise over the ridge. Pastor Dick Borrud rehearsed a list of astonishing statistics about the numbers and distances of stars in the galaxy--and then he closed worship reciting this psalm. When I consider your heavens, who am I that you care for me?

One Easter morning in our church, the echoes of the trumpet and tympani in "Jesus Christ Has Risen Today" were barely fading when the voice of a child said, "Wow!" Before we claim dominion--which means responsibility as much as power--in the world, we do well to hear how this psalm humbles us--with the wonders of the heavens, the voices of children and the power of God, who holds us all.

God, humble us that our power be the power of trust, awe and love. Amen.

Paul Rohde, '82
Campus Pastor, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Psalm 8 (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!

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