Friday, July 8, 2011

Space Slap!

This is for you...so you can connect the dots.

Fueled
Fueled
by a million
man-made
wings of fire-
the rocket tore a tunnel
through the sky-
and everybody cheered.


Fueled
only by a thought from God-
the seedling
urged its way
through thicknesses of black-
and as it pierced
the heavy ceiling of the soil-
and launched itself
up into outer space -
no
one
even
clapped.


--Marcie Hans


I love this poem for so many reasons, which I am not explaining today because today isn't a lesson in poetry...except that it is. Today we watched the space shuttle "Atlantis" make its final launch and closed the books on U.S. government funded space flight. The fact that we can hurdle a human into space and allow them to live there for a time is nothing short of marvelous in its truest sense: full of marvel. 

However, as with so many other areas of our lives, we seem to overlook the every day miracles; they are abundant. A seedling has no computer, no ground control, no staff of engineers telling it what to do. Seedlings from a bag of birdseed will take root, after sitting in the bag, on the shelf, in a store, for months and months. How do they sit idly for that long and still know what to do when soil, water and warmth reach them? 

Of course there is science behind it, and we can look to the Internet to tell us the intricacies of the process of how…but really how? You can explain the process as often as you like but there is a miracle behind the science. Let’s not discount the million little miracles we don’t notice taking place every single day.  

Today as we look to science at its most celebrated, let’s also remember the magic and wonder of a circulatory system, of a “weed” springing up where you haven’t planted it to make a lacy white flower, of a mother cat knowing how to care for her kittens without so much as a book to tell her what to expect when she’s expecting 9 kittens…let’s celebrate the miracles of every day life that allow us to create things like shuttles to outer space.

Let us take a moment to look to our family of humanity and marvel at the ability to love one another, support one another and care for one another; because if we have the capacity to launch ourselves into orbit, surely we have the capacity to be kind to each other.

 And isn't that a marvelous thing?



* Dots: princetonol.com, msnbc.msn.com

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