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Pluto

Appearing around the same time (1930) Pluto the Planet and Pluto the Pup
have enjoyed a shared identity.    All this may be about to change as new
photos of the former came into the public domain last Tuesday revealing fresh secrets of the Planet whereas the Pup has nothing left to reveal!

In the flyby NASA treated us to pictures of the dwarf Planet.   Its mass is
only one sixth of our moon but it has mountains of rock and ice some 11,000 feet high and gorges estimated at 3 times the depth of America’s Grand
Canyon.  

One of the mysteries revealed by the photos is the absence of craters which
pock mark the rest of the solar system.   This lends credence to the view of
a recent date for its creation.   

Why has Pluto not got a smooth but a mountainous surface?    It would have
required great heat to melt the bedrock and create the mountains.    It is
another mystery as there is no possibility of it being heated by
gravitational interactions with neighbouring larger planets.   Some other
unknown means created the mountainous landscape.

The probe has confirmed the suspicion that liquid water exists beneath the
surface of these icy worlds at the end of our solar system.    The
geological processes seem to be continuing in a place where they were least expected!

The Psalmist was more familiar with the unexpected.   He revelled in God’s
revelation!    “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above
declares his handiwork.   Day to day pours out speech and night to night
reveals knowledge.   Their voice goes out through all the earth and their
words to the end of the world”. (Psalm 19 verses 1-4).

God “speaks” in the order and perfections of his creation.   No one is out
of range of his voice.     No one can say I missed it.
In addition to the voice of creation St Paul writes of the voice of redemption in the message of Christ (Colossians chapter 3 verse 13-16).

Pluto the Pup obeyed his master’s voice.  By contrast many today are deaf to
the creator’s voice.    He still speaks clearly, “Come to me all who labour
and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls”. (St Matthew Chapter 11 verse 28-29).