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Diadem

June 2, 2019

Chandelier Ballroom at Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico, Author Dave Bunnell (CC BY-SA 2.5 Generic)

Extending over 120 miles, Lechuguilla in Carlsbad, NM is considered one the most beautiful caves on earth [1].

Unlike most caves, Lechuguilla was formed from the bottom up, rather than the top down.  Sulfuric acid dissolved much of the limestone comprising the walls of the cave, leaving behind intricate and unique mineral formations which resemble flowers, crystals, lace, and pearls [2].

The so called “Chandelier Ballroom” at Lechuguilla contains the largest known gypsum stalactites anywhere.  Some of these astonishing structures are as long as 18′ or three times the height of a man.  Extremophile bacteria shimmer within the rock.

We can only stand in awe when confronted by such wonders.  How much more will we stand in awe when confronted by their Maker?

In that day the Lord of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people.
..” (Isa.  28: 5).

Lord God, we are humbled by the beauty of Your creation.  Surely, that beauty is but a reflection of Your own.

You are the ultimate crown for which we should strive.  You are the diadem beyond all compare, the pearl beyond price.

Mankind has nothing to offer, in response, but a broken and contrite heart.

Transform us as You transformed the dark recesses of the earth.  Conform us to the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that we may be worthy to meet You in glory.  We ask this in His holy Name.

Amen

[1]  Extreme Science, “Take a virtual tour of the Deepest Cave in the US”, http://www.extremescience.com/cave-tour.htm.

[2]  Wikipedia Commons, “Lechuguilla Cave”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lechuguilla_Cave.

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2 Comments
  1. Beautiful words of great anticipation, Anna! 😍😇🙏✝️💜 Jackie@KWH

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