The psalmist reminds us that God, who is big enough to set the stars and moon in their place, whose name fills the earth, whose glory is higher than the heavens, also cares for we (us?) humans. He has crowned us with glory and honor, giving us authority over other living things! God cares for us so much, that he is creating a new Jerusalem, a new city (Heaven is a city!) for us, where He will live among His people and be with us. Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Revelation 21:4 says, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Not only will God be with us in this new city, but everything that is broken will be fixed. He is making all things new! The ultimate new year.
But what are we to do until then in this broken world? Ecclesiastes says to "eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of our labor, for these are gifts from God." Matthew reminds us to love our neighbor. Not just the easy-to-love neighbor, but the one who is hungry or thirsty, the one who needs our hospitality and to be clothed, and to have a friend who cares enough to visit them when they are sick or in prison. So while we wait for Heaven, we are to enjoy and remember gifts from God, and to love our neighbor above and beyond what our neighbor expects from us. This is difficult. And sometimes we are the neighbor who needs a friend to actively care for us. Fortunately we have a God who cares for us, and gives us the ability to care for others. Read 1 John 4:9-21 if you have time. And Mark 12:30-31.
make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.