Remembering Apollo 13

Apollo 13 Recovery on the USS Iwo Jima

Apollo 13 Recovery on the USS Iwo Jima

TODAY IN HISTORY:
On April 17, 1970 the entire nation cried out to God for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew. God’s mercy and the greatness He’s bestowed on America were revealed when, against all odds, the Apollo 13 capsule was safely retrieved by the U.S.S. Iwo Jima after an explosion crippled the spacecraft on its way to the moon four days earlier.

Of all the adventures mankind has embarked upon, has there ever been a mission that more powerfully revealed the majesty and power of God than that of NASA?

The Antennae galaxies Spitzer space telescope

The Antennae galaxies, Spitzer Space Telescope

“The heavens declare the glory of God; 
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 
Day after day they pour forth speech; 
night after night they display knowledge. 
There is no speech or language 
where their voice is not heard. 
Their voice goes out into all the earth, 
their words to the ends of the world.”
(Psalm 19:1-4, NIV84) 

May we be reminded on this day, when God safely returned our American heroes to the earth He created, that God has granted us ingenuity and greatness so we can accomplish great things in his name.

May we continue to reach into space, discovering God’s majesty, and may His hand of protection be upon those who adventure in His name.

Considering the verse above, in what areas of God’s creation do you most see his signature?

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Photo Credits:
Apollo 13 Recovery, NASA Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Antennae Galaxies: NASA Image Collection