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Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

The Mystery

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Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

The Mystery

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: A top, if available. Pictures of tops available at: or

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Some of you may have a top that you play with from time to time. Some tops are created with a stem and you just need to give that stem a twist to start it spinning. Other tops are set in motion by pulling on a string. Once the top is spinning it balances on its tip. Perhaps we are all a bit fascinated by watching things spin.

Would it surprise you to know that our earth spins? It spins at over one thousand miles per hour (1,040 miles per hour or 1675 km/hr) but we don’t even feel it.

While the earth is spinning it is also moving around the sun and as all of this happens we measure it as one day. We can see how the sun comes up in the morning and moves across the sky. How the moon appears and changes its position in the night sky.

Thinking about how this works is almost more than we can take in, isn’t it? It truly is amazing.

In the Bible we read that “the universe has been framed (created) by the word of God” (11:3) and what we see has been made from things we cannot see.

We observe and experience the wonders of our world, but many things remain a mystery. Mysteries are not bad. They cause us to think and question and try to figure out how things happen. We try to understand what happened or what those things mean.

We do not have all the answers, but “by faith we understand” (11:3) that God does.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan