I don’t think anyone who has seen the wonderful photo of the Earth in all its beauty suspended above the moon’s horizon has been unmoved—how could you be? I love the description of the Earth offered by astronaut James Irwin, the lunar module pilot for Apollo 15. He was the eighth human being to walk on the moon:
As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.
This bears a strong resemblance to something Julian of Norwich wrote in Revelations of Divine Love:
In this vision he showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, and it was round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought, “What may this be?” And it was generally answered thus: “It is all that is made.” I marveled how it might last, for it seemed it might suddenly have sunk into nothingness because of its littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: “It lasts and ever shall, because God loves it.”