Monday, December 20, 2010
And so another season approaches, while we mark yet another month since Clint's death.
If I understand correctly, there was a total solar eclipse the month he died (not visible in the Northern Hemisphere, though).
In the autumn, there was said to be a harvest moon of a kind that hadn't been seen since the year he was born (a "super harvest moon"). We tried to see it but missed the best time to look and all we saw was a ring around it, and the planet Jupiter I guess (we're pretty new to astronomy).
Tonight (early on the 21st), the moon is to turn red. The winter solstice combining with a total lunar eclipse hasn't happened for many years, and will probably not happen again in my lifetime -- I seriously doubt I'll live to see 2094. I wanted to see it, but the sky is so cloudy as to hide the fact that any moon even exists, so my hopes are fading. Thankfully, a total lunar eclipse itself isn't as rare as when it combines with a winter solstice, so a blood-red moon is something I can still theoretically see at some point in the future. If and when I do see it, I will think of two people's blood -- my brother's, and Christ's.
Christ was there in the beginning, created that moon, set it there "for signs and seasons, and for days and years... and it was so" (from Genesis 1:14-15).
And I'll think of the mentionings of the moon turning blood red in the Bible, such as the prophetic language of the heavens receding like a scroll being rolled up and every mountain and island being removed from its place (Revelation 6:12-14). And I will wonder, and be in awe of my Creator.
But while the earth remains, the seasons will continue (Genesis 8:22), and we... we will wonder... and wait.
"Winter is waiting,
Waits with finality cold.
There's comfort for souls in God's home.
There's sweet rest for souls in God's home.
There is rest
For your soul."
~ Louis Garbi