What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has already been, in the ages before us.
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Last week I was absolutely transfixed watching the live internet feed from the exploratory vessel Nautilus whose crew was in the Gulf of Mexico. They were using unmanned robotic equipment to photographic and retrieve samples from a 19th century shipwreck. We were all looking at things that no human eye has seen since the ship sunk many years ago. I was looking at it through my own handheld wireless device. I was able to type questions to the crew who within minutes answered my questions through the audio of the live feed. The author of Ecclesiastes is right that there is nothing new under the sun - we have always been curious humans. We have always had history. We have had scientists. We have created complex technologies. That is not new. What is new is each day. What is new is how we enter the gift of each new day that God has given us with a sense of wonder. "Is there a thing of which it is said, 'See, this is new?'" Perhaps what is new is not a thing at all but you and me with God's divine spark and delight.
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What shall we explore today, Lord? Amen.