Huddled under the covers in the middle of the night trying to keep the light from waking Brad, I checked CNN on my phone (yes, that’s what I do when I wake up too early and can’t sleep). As I read the site, I discovered that if I did rouse myself enough to put my warm cozy feet on the cold hard floor and go downstairs and look to the west, a treat awaited me: a lunar eclipse. Coherent enough to understand the value of the event, I left my warm bed. Sneaking down the creaking staircase, I gazed out the window just in time to see the very first shadow passing over the big beautiful full, rapidly sinking, moon. About an hour later, the earth blocked a third of the orb and the moon glowed red. I woke the kids to catch a glimpse before daylight enveloped our world and the moon’s light diminished under the intensity of the sun. Quiet, unassuming and beautiful, we watched as the Earth cast a shadow over the moon. Strange and lovely and so easily missed.
Quiet…unassuming…beautiful…strange and lovely and so easily missed.
Life’s pressures, strained relationships, financial hardship, illness, death, depression, loneliness…all the suffering of living in a fallen world easily take center stage, consuming our minds and hearts. And we, awake but groggy, huddle under the covers and hide from the Main Event: God, making a way for us in this hurting world. God, quietly, beautifully, came here, to this spinning planet, confined by skin and gravity and a not yet fully developed brain, so that we, self-centered, self consumed, easily distracted creatures, could experience Life. Real Life. Forever.
Happy Christmas dear friends and family!