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Psalm 48:9. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. (NRSV)
A few years ago, my sister and I traveled to London for a few days. When Sunday rolled around, we attended services at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The building was magnificent. I had never seen another church like it.
When the service began, the choir entered and sang a hymn familiar to me. Their voices echoed through the enormous building, and I felt chills. As I looked around the cathedral, I marveled at the beauty of the space and music; it evoked awe. I wondered about the many thousands of individuals who had entered and worshiped in this same space for hundreds of years. Did they, too, marvel at the beauty of this place? Who is the God who inspired such beauty and reverence?
Yesterday, when I prepared my daughter for bed, she giggled and squirmed as I put on her pajamas. She sat in my lap as I read her stories. We cuddled, and I looked into her eyes. I knew the answer to my previous question. The same God who inspired the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral gave the gift of love in the creation of my precious daughter. Once again, I marveled and wondered.