Catching the Comet

“Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength …” Isaiah 40:31

I’m the kind of person who likes to arrive. I know … Life is all about the journey. But life is about more than “going places”; it is also about getting there.

So I listened to the radio and read the reports last week of this amazing ten-year journey. A space craft launched ten years ago has just arrived at the destination – Comet 67P/Churyumov/Gerasimenko (C-G for short). Reading about the journey is to read about human ability and ingenuity – and patience – on steroids.

First of all, we had to know this comet was there. Then we had to figure out the trajectories, speed, timing, to say nothing about what might happen to a spacecraft as it enters “the cold of deep space”. “From Earth, Rosetta passed Mars, orbited Jupiter and passed two asteroids, traveling 500 million miles from the Sun,” says the article on the European Space Agency’s web site.

Once Rosetta arrived at C-G it took 22 minutes to confirm what the ESA’s Director General had been waiting ten years to say: “We are here!”

Waiting is one of the most difficult things human beings have to do – whether waiting for a diagnosis as an adult, or waiting to arrive as a child.

And some might look at a picture of Comet C-G and wonder if it was truly worth waiting for!

Teach us, Lord, to wait … and help us to know when we have arrived.


Rosetta Arrives

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.