On my screen yesterday was the hopeful launch of SpaceX  Demo-2.  The mission involved sending two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. I think it is the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company is carrying humans into Earth’s orbit. The launch was schedule for 4:33 p.m. but was scrubbed with 16 minutes until take off. I’m not easily amazed (as compared to amused which I am easily amused) but there is something about witnessing a rocket being launched into orbit that is amazing. It reminds me there are so many smart people out there.

As a 7th grader, one of my memories is traveling across the state to Cape Kennedy (that dates me) to watch the Apollo rockets blast off.  Apollo 11 has an indelible place in my brain. The landing on the moon and the Mets winning the World Series in 1969 is fixed permanently in whatever neurons are still firing.

Whenever I get worried about a problem, like COVID-19 or climate change or poverty or violence or the suffering of the refuges, whenever my souls grieves over the really big stuff in the “living of these days”, it’s not “simply remembering my favorite things that helps me feel not so bad” as the song suggests, it’s remembering the landing on the moon. I remember Apollo 11. I remember President John F. Kennedy challenging the USA to land humans on the moon and in just 8 years after that goal, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were headed to the moon. Not only did Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the moon, as amazing as that sounds, all three came back to earth alive.

I don’t have any problem boldly saying that there is nothing we can’t solve if we want to.  It’s time we figured that out and start solving problems.

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:3-5 
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Reflection Questions:
What is a memory that is indelibly stuck in your brain?
What 3 problems should we be solving?
What character traits are necessary to solve our problems?

Prayer:
Holy God, some things don’t make sense. I just don’t know why we don’t care more deeply for one another. I don’t know why we won’t create solutions that better our life together. By pouring out your Holy Spirit, produce in us the desire and the character that leads us toward your more excellent way. Amen.

 

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