From a Wedding to “Deep Time”

From a family wedding last weekend where the bride and groom gave us a love story, a cousin of mine took me to Washington, DC, to visit the “Deep Time” exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It’s been a panoramic few days.

The wedding itself, in the words of our Irish visitors, was “grand.” Young kids and old people, two big families and their friends were there. They were all at the Mass in church and then ate and danced through the night and then most came back the next day for a splendid brunch in a garden filled with flowers and a new litter of dogs. A celebration.

It lasted almost as long as the Marriage Feast of Cana, I think. The words used about that feast could be said for this one:

”But you shall be called ‘ My delight’ and your land ‘espoused’

for the Lord delights in you and makes your land his spouse.” (Isaiah 62)

The land stretched out at the “Deep Time” exhibit, which takes you back 4.5 billion years to the origin of our earth

Deep Time Exhibit, Smithsonian

The exhibit itself is an attempt to foster the broad thinking we need to face the future by understanding the past. It’s hard to think big. That applies to both the world of science as well as the world of religion, but we need big thinking today.

One wonderful presentation at the exhibit asks you to see how you are connected with 4.5 billion years ago. We just didn’t happen. 

And doesn’t it go beyond that? Science only goes so far.

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