Monday, December 20, 2010

Magical Moment 319, "The Grimes Solstice"

I took an astronomy course my freshman year of college because I heard it was an easy "A." Though I haven't retained much from the class, I do know this. The universe is far more complex than I could ever imagine. I thought the earth was complicated enough - the animals, the different species, the plants, the humans, and the way they all work together - but throw in an entire universe on top of that, and my brain is smoking. Tonight, in case you haven't heard, will be the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice since 1638. And the next one will be in 2094. How's that for mind boggling?

Now here's something that has never happened before, and may not happen again for many years to come. A man and his wife got to visit both of their homes for the Christmas Holiday. And one day, four generations were in the same room at the same time. When I ponder how all this came to be, how everyone met, married, and moved just to capture this one day, this one moment in time, with these exact people for one Christmas out of dozens past and future, I think, The lunar eclipse has nothing on this.

"You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you." Nehemiah 9:6

The Grimes Family "aligns" for one day only

The moon, an hour before the start of the eclipse

1 comment:

laughwithusblog said...

How fun! I love those family gatherings...for a little while. ;)