Grand as a Million Stars

I was recently reminded how “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19: 1-4). I know this doesn’t have line breaks, but I’m counting it as a poem anyway.

The chill settles in, and I try unsuccessfully to ward it off by tucking the blanket in around me. I’m actually shaking, but it’s a cold I like. Shivers come so rarely in July. Chimes ring in the wind, the noise drawing my gaze downward for just a moment before you gasp and point. Another one. I’m astonished by the eighth or tenth shooting star tonight, wondering at how each one is a little different.

Constellations shift as we talk of the Love that moves them, that moves us. It’s all so big — this expanse, this God, this Grace — wide and long and deep. And still we feel it close, see it woven through our lives. Grace grand as a million stars, nearer than this blanket, and warmer too.

A night of contradictions, yes. Like the hush I feel before such grandeur coming out in so many words: stumbling sentences for hours while I sense only a deep quiet. Stopped time marked by the movement of planets. The waking rest of being and being with.

Conversation brings in morning — you note that birds wake up at 5:20 am. The Love that moves the stars says again to the sun: Rise. And I wonder how I’ve slept through so many nights like this.

#Blog Wars 2013


  1. bex - July 15, 2013 @ 7:02 pm


  2. Kendra - July 16, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    I second that– Dang.

  3. Elisabeth Lind - July 16, 2013 @ 8:21 am


  4. Pops - July 16, 2013 @ 9:38 am


  5. Kelcie - July 16, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Come onnnnnnnnn.

  6. Lisa - July 16, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Yep – dang!

  7. Cory - July 16, 2013 @ 2:41 pm


  8. Erin - July 16, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Dang guys. Thanks for the love :-)

  9. Dut - July 17, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    This is great! That last sentence is a fantastic end to the meditation.

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