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Sister Alma Rose Ponders the Universe

You Are the Cause of God’s Rejoicing


The Lord your God is with you,

he is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you,

he will quiet you with his love

he will rejoice over you with singing. —Zeph. 3:17


In the universe are more than

four times forty billion galaxies,

each having on the order of

a hundred billion stars, and no one

knows how many other worlds there


and the one God in whom

all is contained created all that

is, from nothing, fifteen billion

years ago.

Imagine for a moment all the

energy and matter that emerged

at that amazing singularity; and

ponder: “God delights in me, and

with his love he quiets me.”

For if there were not another person

anywhere, God would have made the

universe for you alone — created stars

and planets, elements

and atoms, corn and wheat and cottonwoods

in yellow-green profusion drinking from the

shallow streams meandering across the plains.


How can we take it in and make it

personal, this love that soars above a

trillion trillion light years? You can never be

anonymous, or lost among the

spinning suns and streaking comets;

you are the cause of God’s rejoicing.

He places you in paradise and blesses

you, requiring nothing but that you

accept his grace.


Read more prayers and poems in Unfamiliar Territory, by Mary Campbell.

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