Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Once in a Blue Moon

 It's kind of a rare sight: Blue Moons occur somewhat infrequently. After today's full moon, another Blue Moon will not occur again until 2015. The idiom "once in a Blue Moon" signifies a rare event because scientists had trouble predicting when the distinctive full moon would happen during any given year.

There are two definitions for Blue Moon: The term Blue Moon was originally assigned to the third full moon in a four moon season, but after a mix up in "Sky & Telescope" magazine in 1946, the term took on a different meaning. An article in the magazine incorrectly defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a single month, but the definition stuck. This particular blue moon is a technical Blue Moon, but does not meet the criteria for the second definition. The third full moon in a four-full-moon season rule was detailed in a 1937 edition of the now defunct Maine Farmers' Almanac.


We went out to watch the stars last night.  Instead we discovered it was a "Blue Moon" which meant that it was so bright out there that we could barely see any stars at all.  We stayed outside anyways, and tried to take pictures.

It was a beautiful night, with a light, rustling breeze as we sat and enjoyed the sky.  While my Beloved was taking pictures, I was praising God and then praying for a myriad of situations.  Meanwhile the moon was just so bright, seemingly brighter than a normal full moon, and I began to contemplate how the moon only reflects the sun's light. Without the sun we would not see our moon.

As we live our lives for the LORD, our own lives are to be a reflection of His.  As we do normal things in life, our lives should shine because of Him.  There should be a beautiful difference in us when we are His child that others can see without us even preaching the gospel.  This difference is because of our new life in Him and it should be normal and natural for us to live and shine His reflection.  

Galatians 5:22-25

... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

We are to live our lives in such a way that, unlike "a blue moon" which only comes once in a while, we will always shine brightly for Him.  Don't be a "once in a blue moon" child of God.

1 Peter 2:9-12 are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.  

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.

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