As waves of desolation wash over us as a result of this CV-19 virus, I have found myself just holding my breath, waiting for the next round of bad news. It has been a rollercoaster for all of us, unprecedented in our lifetimes. I am originally from the NYC metro area, and the images and statistics there have seemed almost unbearable.
However, even though my daily routine, as all of yours, has been turned upside down, a few things have remained in place…simply because I have done them every day no matter what.
In the morning, soon after I get up, I read the Bible. In fact, I recite Psalm 19. It is a glorious statement of God’s love through His incredible creation of the earth and heavens. It also happens to be the epitaph on the grave of NASA’s extraordinary and controversial Werhner von Braun.
I have had a connection to Werhner for almost as long as I can remember. I probably could have met him. I wish I had. I did not realize the significance of his influence though until fairly recently, and, when I did, I decided to honor him by declaring his favorite psalm every morning. That photograph, by the way, was taken at Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster, California. I have spent time there at NASA. The dry lake bed there was a backup landing location for the space shuttles.
Every evening I declare Psalm 91. This is the Psalm of protection. I claim its protection over all my family and friends, and now, over our lands, and people everywhere;
Like bookends, 19 and 91. I just realized that…
Somehow, that’s helping to keep me grounded…maybe it will you too…