This Fragile Earth

There are perhaps more habitable planets out there than we can count: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

In a week filled with so much death and violence, I want to stare at the stars and think there is life out there; not that it is better, more evolved, less brutal, but just that it is. I want to know that we don’t suffer alone, and that the suffering of our planet and our race does not preclude the vast wonder of the universe.

From Eucharistic Prayer C in the Book of Common Prayer:

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of  glory and praise. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of  interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,  and this fragile earth, our island home. From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another. Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace. And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

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