Hosea 6:6 NRSV

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6 NRSV)Space scientist Dr. Werner von Braun received many cards and letters over the years from people who believe that space exploration is against the Creator's wishes. "Scripture mail," NASA calls it. These correspondents warned the scientist to cease this dangerous godless folly. "One lady wrote that God doesn't want man to leave Earth and she was willing to bet me $10 that we wouldn't make it," said Episcopalian von Braun. "I answered that, as far as I knew, the Bible said nothing about space flight--but it was clearly against gambling."

We should not be threatened by new discoveries. We should be concerned with apathy, lack of faithfulness and love. God calls all of us to "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

God of peace, help me to know you and your love more fully in this day. Amen.

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