By Pastor Rhoda Klein Miller
Did you know 40,000 tons of cosmic dust falls to Earth every year?
Maybe that’s not so surprising when you consider the 100 thousand million stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Each giant nuclear reactor converts hydrogen to helium which forms carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and iron. When a star dies it either throws off its outer layers as it collapses or about once every 50 years a star in our galaxy will go supernova. These massive explosions expel their matter into the vastness of space.
Eventually a fraction of these particles are captured by the gravitational pull of our planet, becoming part of the air we breathe and soil we grow our food in. Elements as old as the universe or maybe only a century old are absorbed by our bodies. So yes, part of you is stardust! But here’s something that should make you feel even more special. Rather than being the product of some random or accidental cosmic explosion, the Bible says God formed the first human body from the “dust of the earth” (Genesis 2:7) and you were knit together in your mother’s womb with the same intentionality (Psalm 139:13).
The same God who fashioned our physical being in Genesis is the “bright and morning star” of Revelation (22:16). Not only are you made of stardust you were purposefully made by the Light of Love. Let that sink in and shape your identity, your worth and your resilience against the darkness.
Read more Words of Hope