Thought for The Day – Friday 9th April

“Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Matthew 24: 29

The Universe is 13.7 Billion years old. Our Sun is thought to have formed 4.6 billion years ago when gas in our Solar system collapsed into one point. The Moon is thought to have formed soon after when a small planet known as Theia smashed into the Earth, its debris forming the Moon. In 5 billion years’ time the Sun will have will have exhausted all the hydrogen that currently fuels it, and instead will turn to helium, transforming the Sun into a red giant more than 100x its size. The Earth would by this point have lost its atmosphere. After another billion years even the helium will run out and the Sun will contract to a white dwarf, a tiny remnant of the star.

We think of the Sun, Moon, and Stars as unchanging, permanent fixtures of our world. Times change, seasons pass, yet every morning the Sun still rises. But even those things are changing, on timescales that are beyond our imagination. Nothing, not even the stars in the sky, can last forever.

Faith reminds us that the world is much bigger than us. Like Job we must learn that there are things far beyond our comprehension. But faith also gives us an anchor. When the world seems large and overwhelming, it gives us a lifeline to hold onto.

Prayer: God of the Universe, how could we ever hope to grasp the wonder and strangeness of creation? We are like flowers in the field, we bloom and then we pass. But from everlasting to everlasting your love is with us. Help us to stay rooted in that love.

Action: Remember the bigger picture today. It can be so easy to get caught up the moment, so take a step back and remind yourself that you are part of a wider story.

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