August 29: The Finder of a King

Interested in Egypt from childhood, Howard Carter got to travel there from his home in England when he was in his early 20s.  He worked as an artist and photographer at various sites, capturing the beauty of ancient civilizations.

In 1922, more than three decades after his arrival, Carter discovered the intact royal tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun—“King Tut”—who had been interred around 1333 B.C.

Reports say that Carter struggled after that to produce a noteworthy follow-up to his remarkable royal find.  Perhaps he didn’t realize, as his obituary in the New York Times observed, the great gift he had given a postwar world:  the splendor of the tomb and its rich furnishings that revealed a Golden Age of arts and crafts equal to any other period of ancient times.

In all that we discover around us, we catch sight of the sacred, the handiwork of the Creator.

One generation shall laud Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.  (Psalm 145:4)

Your Spirit is present through generations, Lord, giving life and strength to all.

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