Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family / Life & Faith


We have studied astronomy this fall. Planets. Comets. Constellations. Galaxies. I have never been so aware of how small I really am in the context of the greater universe. I am not even a speck. I am a speck on a speck. Have you ever thought about how wild it is (thanks to insane telescopes) that we can see to far reaches of the universe, but we can’t yet actually physically get a human onto the closest planet to earth? It could happen in the future, but it hasn’t yet.

One photo a week of our family throughout the year. 50/52

As I have explored space with my kids these past few months, I have been inspired and overwhelmed by the expanse of space and the undiscovered wonders in it. Truly awesome, in every sense of the word. Here we are, in constant motion, rotating, orbiting, and somehow flourishing on a planet that has been perfectly crafted for us, the only place of its kind that we have yet discovered.

If you think about every detail that is required to sustain life on earth, it is a miracle that we are here. If you think about the expanse of the created universe and the sheer size of what is out there, it is humbling to realize that God spoke it all into being, and that same God breathes life into us…something He chose to do with great intention and purpose. If you think about the magnitude of the created universe and how much greater the love of the uncreated God must be… For you. For me. A love so great, that while we cannot possibly fathom His greatness, He came to earth, to us, in the most humble way. As a baby. A radical, but simple statement of what He values: humanity. He came here for us–for us to maybe see in a way we might understand, the light of His goodness and the newness of life found in Him alone.

There is nowhere we can go that His love cannot find us. His love is big, extravagant, enough. Out in the far reaches of space, He is there. In the quiet of our hearts, where we question if God could really love us, little specks. He is there. Will we see what He longs for us to see?


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“He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed His children.’” Acts 17:24-28

501. hope,  502. a generous friend and a needed date night, 503. a husband that makes me laugh, 504. beautiful christmas cards that arrive daily, 505. eggnog ice cream in a waffle cone, 506. a stroll through lit up trees, 507. vision for a new year 508. all that space stuff that blows my mind, 509.  christmas surprises on the horizon, 510. the pause of advent


1 Comment Space

  1. Judith A. Genaway

    Oh, Em….I LOVE your pix every week…what a treat realizing that a busy Mama has done a PICTURE EVERY WEEK…so I feel like I KNOW your children just a little.

    Have a wonderful Christmas together.

    Lotsa Blessings….Judy 🙂 🙂


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