Psalm 8 and Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
by Carolyn Whitney-Brown
I want to propose a challenge for the New Year: Memorize Psalm 8 and Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. Psalm 8 offers a perspective both calming and energizing, especially in these pre-Epiphany days. As Christmas lights disappear from homes and businesses, the psalm speaks of a different kind of epiphany. Consider the creation around you, the amazing perfection of each exquisite, interconnected piece. Deeper than our wisdom is the mystery of God the Creator. In this new year, take a moment to let your heart breathe. And we humans—where do we fit into this abundance and beauty? The psalmist suggests that we notice all that God has put under our feet.
We read Psalm 8 not as an invitation to trample or dominate but to locate ourselves in God’s creation, marveling at all that sustains, nourishes, and delights us. But how do we live rightly in God’s creation? As we walk gently and attentively on this earth, we can pray using the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. There is a time for everything. What are we called to now in 2020? These words help us understand: The common experiences of our human lives have not changed. We still must ask God’s help to discern our own times, the challenges of our lives, and our historical moment.
God, throughout this year of 2020, open our hearts to walk on this earth as you desire, to see our lives from your perspective, and to know how to live in these times. Amen.