Count the stars God tells Abram and Sarai, or, if you prefer, count the grains of sand.
Lord sometimes I feel like my efforts are no more than grains of sand in an ocean of hurting, lonely and sick people.
And time is dripping through the egg timer, one solitary granular at the time.
Count the sand, how can I count the sand, when I am but one grain?
How can I calculate the stars when I am but one entity of stardust in a vast, vast universe?
God who knows the count of every hair on my head. Creator of all beings who walk or fly or swim or crawl; surely you know I cannot count that high.
How then can I count my efforts? In the moment of crises am I doing enough? Am I staying away enough (6ft and staying at home as much as possible)? Am I being in contact enough (phone calls and video conferences and snail mail)?
Am I opening up enough (how can I help), am I keeping my family safe enough (let’s not do that)?
Am I taking care of myself enough (walks and family and friends and reading)?
The box of food I’ve collected, is that enough to count? The one package of toilet paper I found, does that work? The one small family I was able to bus back home–they were only two people–is that enough?
Count the stars.
Count the sand.
God reassures Abram & Sarai that they are connected to the world, that they are part of a greater universe, that they are part of the whole of human family and because they are of one humanity
their grain of time
their glow of starlight
Remind me of that too I pray.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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5 thoughts on “Everything Counts/Counting the stars”
Thank you with all my heart!!
Peace,Rev. Nancy Ryan
The absolutely most wonderful post of the day.