This photograph was taken Christmas Eve, 1968 as Apollo 8 swung around the moon. During their Christmas Eve broadcast, the astronauts read from the book of Genesis. Their commander, Frank Borman, closed: “From the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, and Merry Christmas and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”
How do you see your planet? A globe hanging in the night sky with your portion of the earth visible? I think of it that way often, cutting out the majority of mankind.
I am grateful that God sees us as individuals. Each unique, each His creation, each seeking Him or denying His very existence.
The focus that night two millennia ago was upon one child. Christians join together in a single fellowship to acknowledge and celebrate the Gift God presented to the world in a manger. The birth was heralded to shepherds, not to priests. The star led wise men, not kings or generals. He came with the power of creation to create clean hearts in people who seek to serve, and He came as a servant to teach us how to do so.
As perfection, He cannot be attained. Yet that same perfection reaches out to whosoever will believe, offering life eternal. That life does not begin at our physical death – it begins the moment we give ourselves to Him.
To the Christian reader, may God bless the abundant life He provides for you. May your service be all His will has to offer for you. May you continue to grow in understanding and in outreach. May your coasts be enlarged by the Almighty.
To the others who join in reading, may God bless your search for understanding. May you find Him while He may be found. May your hearts be opened to His joy. May you provide the joy in heaven described in Luke 15:7. May we both be, eternally, His.
Begin reading here, and continue on:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV)
May He see that it is still good. God bless the reading of His word.