Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 22, Psalm

Psalm 8
O LORD our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Out of the mouths of infants and children * your majesty is praised above the heavens.

You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, * to quell the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, * the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

What is man that you should be mindful of him? * the son of man that you should seek him out?

You have made him but little lower than the angels; * you adorn him with glory and honor;

You give him mastery over the works of your hands; * you put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, * even the wild beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, * and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

O LORD our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Reflection on Psalm 8: by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

This psalm is written in praise and thanksgiving for the creation, and the writer expresses wonder that the Creator has made human life "but little lower than the angels, adorned with glory and honor" in the scheme of things. What a great honor, and what a responsibility to be the stewards of all God has created! Saving diversity of life on the planet is not just a good idea, or a responsibility to our children and grandchildren it is a theological and spiritual issue. We hold God's great, fragile gift in our own hands.

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Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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