In 1980 I watched a program on PBS called Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The personal voyage was that of Carl Sagan.
I became a fan of Dr. Sagan and began to read his books. I don’t agree with everything that he said or wrote, but this film series and his books have enriched my life over the years. The complete series can be bought from Amazon or can be watched free at hulu.com.
Out there. For what is out there is part of us.
According to Jewish myth, God made Adam and Eve from the dust under His cosmic throne. Star dust—if we are the dust of cosmic creation, then we all on this planet are interconnected, sisters and brothers of the Cosmos.
Perhaps this is what Saint Francis of Assisi was attempting to convey with his prayer of Brother Sun and Sister Moon:
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.
For Saint Francis when he viewed the end from the beginning, he saw that all was part of his God’s plan for the children of earth. The Sun and Moon were our brother and sister as well as Mother Earth.
We are connected to the Cosmos and connected to every man, woman and child as our brothers and sisters on a journey among the stars. We faintly remember those morning stars whose songs were imprinted in our chromosomes at the birth of our universe so long ago. On this planetary home the earth, if we allow the song to sing from those distant memories of emergence, then we will recognize that as one we stand on the shores of eternity.
The dark shadows of our nature will fade into the night of ignorance and fear. For the dark shadows cannot survive the Light of the Cosmos as we grasp it once again and sing its creation song.
G. D. Williams © 2010