Starry Eyed


©Jeanne E Webster – All Rights Reserved

Psalm 139:17-18
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them.  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…”

A team of astronomers has estimated that our universe contains about 70 sextillion (1 followed by 21 zeros) stars that can be seen through telescopes, with sextillions more too far away to be counted.[*] What is more amazing is that there are more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sand on our world’s deserts and beaches!

David could not have counted the grains of sand nor the stars in the heavens, yet he tells us that our God thinks of us more times than that. By all means then we have a 24-7 life-time guaranteed Caretaker. Unthinkable! How awesome!

Our God is great and greatly to be praised. His might and majesty are unsearchable. How wondrous and awesome is our Creator, full of goodness and righteousness.

“Be gracious unto us, our merciful God and Father. Blessed be Thy name forever. Amen.”

*[The calculation was made by a team led by astronomer Dr. Simon Driver of the Australian National University in Canberra and announced this week at the 25th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Sydney.]

Counting

 

© Jeanne E. Webster

Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them, if I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…”

A team of astronomers has estimated that our universe contains about 70 sextillion (1 followed by 21 zeros) stars that are visible through telescopes, with sextillions more too far away to be counted. * What is more amazing is that there are more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sand on our world’s deserts and beaches!

David could not have counted the grains of sand nor the stars in the heavens, yet he tells us that our God thinks of us more times than the number of them. By all means then we have a “24-7”, life-time guaranteed Caretaker. Unthinkable! How awesome!

Our God is great and greatly to be praised. His might and majesty are unsearchable. How wondrous and awesome is our Creator, full of goodness and righteousness.

Be gracious unto us, our merciful God and Father. Blessed be Thy name forever. Amen.

*[The calculation was made by a team led by astronomer Dr Simon Driver of the Australian National University in Canberra and announced this week at the 25th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Sydney.]

Mercy Mercy

 

 

©  Jeanne E. Webster

 

Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, sat

Beside the Jericho road,

Crying out to those who passed him by

For alms to lighten his load.

One day he heard a great crowd swarm past

He inquired, “Who goes there?”

When told that it was Jesus the Christ,

He shouted into the air:

“Son of David, have mercy on me!

Oh, please have mercy on me!”

Some of the crowd tried to quiet him

But he still cried out his plea.

Jesus heard him and looking around

Commanded, “Bring forth that man!”

Bartimaeus rose and dropped his cloak

And grasped for the Master’s hand.

Jesus asked, “What do you want of me?”

“Oh my Lord, that I might see!”

Jesus replied, “Then go on your way;

For your faith has set you free!”

“Son of David, have mercy on me!

The Lord had mercy on me!

I once was blind but now, Lord, I see.

Christ Jesus has set me free!”

Are you stuck by your Jericho road,

Tired of your life full of sin?

Cry out to Jesus; He is the door.

Open it and walk right in.

The crowds may tell you it’s all in vain:

“Be quiet; let Him go by!”

But open your heart and pray aloud.

The Master will hear your cry.

“Son of David, have mercy on me!

The Lord had mercy on me!

Oh, what joy is ours, what peace divine

When Christ Jesus sets us free!”

 

[Lyrics to a song I wrote, Bartimaeus.]