Sitting beside my brother’s bed in the early morning hours, watching him sleep peacefully, I came across this image of earth from space, and it occurred to me how remarkable it is that life as we know it exists at all. We rarely contemplate the larger implications of life on earth since we are immersed in it so completely as terrestrial creatures, but looking at the earth from this perspective, gives us the opportunity to include every other manifestation of life on our planet as we contemplate our own.
From the smallest berries that blossom on the branches in the summer, to the largest and most powerful humans who walk upright in the light of day, not a single living entity can avoid the ebb and flow that runs through life, and the rhythms which govern them, while some are well-known and well-documented by intelligent life, often escape our notice as we ride their relentless swirls and eddies.
The universe is teeming with life. There are galaxies in the night sky as far as the human eye can see with our most powerful technologies, but in all the universe, there is only one of each of us. The life that ebbs and flows through the whole universe is the same life that ebbs and flows through us, and while life may be abundant by most measures here on earth, each manifestation of life is bound together in the ebb and flow supported by the sometimes mysterious and invisible rhythms of life.