The “Cosmic Cliffs” of the Carina Nebula, one of the first images recently released from the James Webb Space Telescope. The Carina Nebula is a cloud of gas and dust 7,600 light-years from earth. In this infrared image, the “cliffs” are actually formations of dust carved by ultraviolet radiation from young stars. The tallest “peaks” in this image are 7 light-years high.

If anyone is looking for a last-minute Christmas gift idea, Costco is selling the HoMedics Drift Sandscape. For $300 (marked down from $400) you can watch a metal ball make patterns in a bowl of sand. HoMedics says the Drift is “mindfulness made easy. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and overworked or looking for a way to slow down and be more present, Drift makes it easy to find your inner peace.”

I came across the Drift display this week at Costco. It is cool, but I wonder how long it would take for “mindfulness” to get boring.

It might be cheaper just to put pictures from the new Webb Space Telescope on our screens. As one stupendous image dissolves into the next, we could remind ourselves that the one who spoke galaxies and nebulae into being made us too.

King David wrote in Psalm 8, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” 

We are not specks of cosmic dust.

We fill God’s mind.

Nebulae don’t fill God’s mind. We do. 

God is so mindful of us that he sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to live and die for us. 

We don’t need another $300 gadget. We need to fill our minds with God. 

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