“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 display knowledge.” - Psalm 19:1-2
For as long as I can remember, the mystery of God’s glory has captured me. And if you ask my kids, they will most likely recount how I would ask them to recite the beginning of Psalm 19 as the sunrise would greet us on our early morning commute down Lakeshore Drive in Chicago to their school.
But in truth, Psalm 19 seemed the only fitting response to the gift we were being given as it is impossible to catch a glimpse of God’s glory without feeling compelled to share it with others.
I think this is also why I continue to be captured by the glory and holiness reflected in the lives and stories of each of those we serve together at Buckner … why it matters and why I am so overwhelmed by the continued faithfulness of the donors, staff and volunteers. God, in his goodness and mercy, has placed us together to step into this holy space with the children, families and seniors we serve. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God, how much more is this true of each of us who are made in the image of God.
“It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” ― C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”
Written by Cathy Troyer, midrising donor engagement officer for Buckner International.