|Lord, graciously keep me this night|
There are so many different phases of the moon to be appreciated (eight to be exact).
In Western culture, we divide the lunar month into four primary and four intermediate Moon phases. The Moon phases start with the invisible New Moon, while the first visible phase is the thin sliver of a Waxing Crescent Moon. Around a week later, half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated while the other half is in darkness at First Quarter Moon.
Fourteen-fifteen days into the cycle, we enjoy a Full Moon. Before that, the illuminated part continues to grow into a Waxing Gibbous Moon, until we see the entire face of the Moon.
It then gradually shrinks into a Waning Gibbous Moon, and when it reaches Third Quarter, the opposite half from the First Quarter is illuminated. From there, it fades into the Waning Crescent Moon before it finally disappears from view again, only to reemerge and repeat this cycle over and over. A literal circle of life.
I was driving home the other night when I enjoyed a glimpse of the Waning Crescent Moon. The light from the moon seemed to indicate that what I was seeing was all there was. And then I began to ponder....
How many times in life do we question (or worse yet believe) "this is all there is". None of us were promised a life free from strife, challenges, loss. In this way we are all equal. No matter how educated, wealthy, smart, likable, etc.etc., no one gets a free pass. And at times, the darkness can be overwhelming.
Just these past few days Terry and I enjoyed the almost full moon for two nights. We talked about which night would reveal the moon in its full glory. Anticipation. And then, the big night arrived. Cloud cover. Completely. We missed it.
Yet, we knew it was still there. We didn't have to see it to appreciate and believe that somewhere, someone at that very moment, was enjoying the sight of the moon (super this time).
And it resonated with me, this is what faith is all about. The type of faith that believes without seeing. I am so grateful
Until next time,