I thought landing on the moon was the miracle of the century. Then the Mets won the World Series and that was more amazing.  Now, how awesome is it that we landed on Mars.  That fact (surely to be turned into a conspiracy theory – okay not necessary and a less then subtle commentary on current cultural proclivity – and “proclivity” happens to be the word of the day) is too hard to fit into my limited brain. Aptly named, “Perseverance” safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile, 6 months journey, at 3:55 p.m. ET yesterday. Merely to break down the necessary steps this mission accomplished makes it a phenomenal accomplishment. There it is Mars.  Would you have ever thought or ever imagined a vehicle would land on the Red Planet!

The landing of Perseverance vividly reminds us of the “Blessing of Intellect.” There are very smart people that we call friends and very smart people we barely notice as we go about our daily lives. Smart people are all around us.  God, through the mystery and marvel of our evolving brains, has blessed us with purpose and passion to accomplish more than we ever thought we could.  As we have said over the years… “If you can’t envision it or see it, if you can’t think it or believe it, then it won’t ever happen because you won’t put your energy or resources into making it happen”  What is it going to take to make that happen here at Pine Shores?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8:1, 3-4
“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Reflection Questions:
What was your most difficult subject in school?
What do you want to make happen at Pine Shores?
How do you sense that God is mindful of you?

Prayer: Holy God, indeed how majestic is your name. So, hear my deepest gratitude for your care for me.  As I go about this day, remind me to always look toward you.  Amen.

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