Yesterday was a big day for NASA and the space program in the US–they launched two astronauts into space–the first time in 10 years. You can actually watch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on NASA’s live stream. Fun facts: the International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built (approx $120 billion), it travels 5 miles every second, and it orbits the earth every 90 minutes. Oh yeah, and Lonnie Johnson, the man who invented the super soaker water gun, was a NASA scientist.
It seems so normal, but it’s a crazy thing to actually send humans to space. And the International Space Station is a unique project–16 countries are involved in it. That’s an extraordinary type of teamwork.
Think about our world right now–we may seem divided–in the US, from other countries, and it’s true. We have issues in our country that are serious. But as you grow up and see how the world works, think of the ISS and how amazing things happen when people come together.
Treat everyone with respect and equality–it doesn’t matter if they are a boy or girl, if they have an accent or speak a different language at home, if they are a different color skin than you are. Try to picture other people’s side of the story. Listen to everyone and help them feel valued. Stand up alongside them.
11 Now, brothers and sisters, be filled with joy. Try to make everything right, and do what I have asked you to do. Agree with each other, and live in peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, Help me to be more like you–help me to treat others with thoughtfulness and joy and respect. Give me wisdom when I get in a difficult situation. Be with our country. Amen.