God: The All-Powerful Creator and All-Embracing Healer

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

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~ Ps. 147.3-4

As the mother of four children, I cannot think of an experience that more powerfully encapsulates the immanence and transcendence of God than childbirth. It is at once an intense encounter with the physical realities of the body and an intimate brush with the miracle of divine creation. And it is a profound illustration of the richness of the mystery of God that our psalmist seeks to describe.

God is the all-powerful creator of the universe and the all-embracing healer of the individual creature. Like a loving mother, God bandages our skinned knees, healing broken hearts and wiping away tears. Yet this same tender LORD is the master of all creation, who calls the stars by name. In linking God’s creative and redemptive love simultaneously to each living creature and to the infinite universe, the psalmist anticipates a truth that contemporary science reveals. We are, as one researcher eloquently observed, “remnants of stars,” our bodies comprised of the residue of massive explosions in the galaxies.

There is thus a marvelous continuity to creation. God is here and everywhere, always and right now. He is the immortal, invisible, infinite God. But he is also the time-bound, fleshly, newborn creature, wrapped in rough cloths, held in his mother’s arms, the Divine One giving himself fully to the experience of being human. Such a mystery defies our ability to understand. Or as T. S. Eliot wrote in The Four Quartets, “to apprehend/ The point of intersection of the timeless/ With time, is an occupation for the saint.”

O LORD of the starry night and the skinned knee, Keep me ever mindful of your magnificence and ever grateful for your healing presence. Amen.

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William Rydberg
1 year 11 months ago
Today's comment strikes me as being mostly retrospective. It would be better if you also discussed the expectation around the Second coming as well. The Liturgy is replete wth these references, especially the Advent Preface. We are 6 days in to Advent, yet no mention of Christ's Second coming...
Kate Gile
1 year 11 months ago
This was beautiful. Thank you.
Winifred Holloway
1 year 11 months ago
Ms. Cahill, this is a beautiful reflection on the constant presence of the Creator in our lives. And the reminder that God entered the world in a special way to be a human person among us. The earthy reality of childbirth with all its messiness pointing to the loving presence of the creator God who came to be one of us.

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