Jul 302017

From the Pastor’s Desk

This month, on August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse. The Washington Post states, “A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon aligns between the Earth and the sun. The shadow directly under the moon, called the umbra, is a total eclipse. The moon will also have a penumbra, which is a lighter shadow around the umbra. This is viewed as a partial eclipse. The path of the moon’s umbra as it moves across Earth is called the path of totality.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/eclipse/?utm_term=.d46f369e106c

When you look at a map, the path of totality creates one long ribbon draped all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, one unbroken path across this beautiful land. I imagine on August 21st, many of us in this country will be standing shoulder to shoulder and looking up to the sky —-only if wearing special glasses so that our Retinas won’t be permanently damaged!— but united together in witnessing the wonders of creation.

Perhaps, that day will be a day that for a few minutes, we will be focused on something beyond ourselves and can realize that we are one and that we all call this magnificent planet home. At the big events planned in the path of totality, I expect to see at least one John 3:16 Poster held up, and I am actually looking forward to the reminder for our entire country that “God so loved the world.”—–All of us together.

Enjoy the eclipse!


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