Thought for the Week, November 10 2017

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There are just not enough superlatives to describe the phenomenon that is The Blue Planet.

How wonderful to have something over which we can enthuse, and which has the ability to enchant and enthrall us.

Amidst the continuing news reports which tell of the mess human beings are making of this planet, in contrast we have a wonderful insight into the amazing life of the oceans.

What an honour and what technological genius to bring this glorious underwater world right into our living rooms.

The photography is spectacular and we stand in wonder at the knowledge of David Attenborough.

Many creatures appear on our TV screens some of which, like dolphins and whales, seem like old friends while others we could not even begin to imagine.

I am thinking of the Sea Toad fish in the Gulf of Mexico which has evolved feet with which it can shuffle along the ocean bed. There is also the very cute looking octopus with big eyes which drifts through the ocean like a graceful ballerina.

However what really took my breath away were the creatures who live in the very depth of the ocean where there is no light whatsoever.

Yet they are outstanding in their beauty and are adorned in a myriad of iridescent colours. They bring light into the darkness and beauty where there is bleakness.

There is no one to see them, but they are there.

I wonder if God created these for his own pleasure and delight. What a privilege to also catch a glimpse of that wonder.

I look forward to the next part of the journey. From the deepest ocean to the furthest star God is there.