The Sun and the Moon
I expect most of you saw the eclipse this week – either by looking up or watching a screen. Although I was not overly impressed at how it looked in front of my home, some of the photos and videos I’ve seen were awesome as the moon blocked the light of the sun.
We only see an eclipse once in awhile, but we can often see the moon doing what it does best: reflecting the light of the sun.
Max Lucado wrote a brilliant little story entitled “The Sweet Song of the Second Fiddle” encouraging us to be more like the moon than the sun. Here are the first few lines to give you a taste of the story …
For thousands of years, the relationship had been perfect. As far back as any one could remember, the moon had faithfully reflected the sun’s rays into the dark night. It was the greatest duo in the universe. Other stars and planets marveled at the reliability of the team. Generation after generation of earthlings were captivated by the reflection. The moon became the symbol of romance, high hopes, and even nursery rhymes.
“Shine on, harvest moon,” the people would sing. And he did. Well, in a way he did. You see, the moon didn’t actually shine. He reflected. He took the light given to him by the sun and redirected it toward the earth.
A simple task of receiving illumination and sharing it. You would think such a combo would last forever. It almost did. But one day, a nearby star planted a thought in the moon’s core.
What thought, you may ask. To find out, check the whole story here.
Really! Go read it now and then come back here.
I mean it. It’ll only take you a couple of minutes.
Ok (I hope you did).
This story has been acted out on Friday night at LOG in the place of the Prodigal Son skit because it focuses on how the moon finally comes home to the sun.
But another powerful message is how our lives should reflect the Son as we strive to be part of the family of God. In everything we do – every interaction and activity – we are called to reflect the light of God’s love in the world.
Jake Parks believes this so much he had it tattooed on his arm. I don’t think you have to go that far, but I hope and pray you will indeed take the light given to you by the Son and redirect it to everyone around you – and because you do this, you will do what the moon does best – beam.
Abraham Lincoln is believed to have said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
LOG Teams begin this weekend:
- LOG #93 – November 3-5
- Team meetings: Sunday 2-4pm at Firehouse
- Coleaders: April Hunt and Olivia Sautter
- LOG #94 – November 10-12
- Team meetings: Tuesday 7-9pm at Evangel Heights UMC
- CoLeaders: Cara Lochmondy and Bella Worrell
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