James Cridland (Creative Commons)

If you want a mind-boggling experience, and I do mean a jaw-dropping kind of experience, just click on and watch the current world population tally increase by the second.

The site tallies daily births and deaths, and gives you the net population growth as it occurs.  I think it’s almost impossible to truly fathom what these numbers mean. Total population is over 7  billion, 151 people die every second  and 173 people are born.  In trying to put a face to each of those souls, I am beginning, even at 52 years of age, to get a far better picture of how great and wonderful and vast is Our God, who knows each of us by name.

Have you ever heard of an ancient Chinese myth called “the red string of fate?”  Wikipedia says the myth is also known as the red thread of destiny or the red thread of fate.  According to this myth the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.  The myth says the thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.  How encouraging is that?  To know that the connection we make with other individuals will never break.

Go back now and watch the population increase by the second. God only knows, and I do mean, literally, only God knows which of those individuals our paths are supposed to cross and what connections we will make.  Our Omnipotent God does know who we are supposed to meet, and – most importantly – God knows how we are supposed to treat each person we meet along life’s journey.

May we take a moment today to see the faces of those we are miraculously threaded to.  May we treat each of these people with the dignity, respect, and love they deserve.

I have to say that I’m kinda psyched to see who it is God wants me to meet today.

Peace friends,



1 Comment

  • Bill Z says:

    Chuck–The web site truly is mind boggling. As to the red string…I think we should treat everyone in the world as if we are tied to them. Not to be safe, but because we are all brothers and sisters.

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