Moon Trilogy (Three Moments)

Tuesday, September 17

9-17By John Bonney of Springfield, Oregon, USA

…You have set your glory above the heavens…When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established…

—Psalm 8:1, 3

1: Nature allowed me the wonderful sight of an obscured moon—a soft glow in darkened clouds. In the overcast was an area of limited brightness, drawing the contours of the surrounding clouds with silver. As usual, I was at a loss to hold onto it, to grasp it. I was taken out of myself for a few moments and sensed once more unity with creation. I was able only to stand in awe and fascination, beholding the sight. The creative ability of the Divine always astounds me.

2: The full moon was so bright one morning! It blazed in cool silver low in the western sky. I had to catch my breath, compelled to stand astounded. I had not seen the full moon for months. When I emerged into the open it hit me in the eye like molten silver. In biblical talk I would say it “smote” me in the eye. I stood there, transfixed. I wanted to grasp it, to reach the unreachable. I wanted to find words, yet none formed in my mind. I wanted to give glory to Presence, and to string together words of praise and honor. I could only stand there and be awed by that image. All I could say was, “Thank you, God.”

3: There was that moon! “Wow.” For days, despite clear skies, I did not see the moon. It wasn’t time yet. Then today, there it was—bright and gorgeous. There were no clouds or haze. The sky was clear, and the moon was full. It appeared to hang motionless in the western sky just above the horizon—a molten drop in a liquid sky. Only my walking allowed trees to enter the view, and then it moved among the leafy filigree. Flitting in and out of sight like a child playing peek-a-boo or hide and seek. And, seek it, I did.

After a long, cold month, the moon inserted itself again, reminding me of a hymn text, “Sometimes a Light Surprises.” Praise for my Creator was on my lips, and joy was in my heart. A great wave of thanksgiving swept over me.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, we praise you for the light you provide in the darkness.

Spiritual Practice: Sea of Light
Quiet and center yourself. Ask for God’s healing and guidance as you enter this time of prayerful presence. Close your eyes, breathing deeply and calmly. Imagine that you are floating in a beautiful sea of light that rises and falls with each cycle of your breath. The golden light of this sea buoys you up, so you float effortlessly. Waves of light carry and wash over you, bringing wholeness and peace. Rest in the sea of God’s love, then offer a prayer of gratitude.

Peace Covenant
The next time I see the moon, God, I will pray in its light.

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  1. Susan Gregory

     /  4 October 2013

    You are such an eloquent and descriptive writer! I LOVE the moon, and feel it’s a special gift when I see it during the day. How does it ‘hang’ in the sky – I doubt I’ll ever get over my childish wonder …

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