I couldn't resist trying to capture an image of the full moon I saw early this morning outside my window.
As I studied the bright, glowing face of the moon in the chilly winter air, I thought about a hymn John Newton had written about the moon. On the evening of July 30, 1776, an eclipse of the moon inspired John Newton to write these words (The Olney Hymnal, No.85):
"The moon in silver glory shone, and not a cloud in sight; when suddenly a shade began to intercept her light.
How fast across her orb it spread, how fast her light withdrew! A circle, tinged in lanquid red, was all appeared in view!
While many, with unmeaning eye, gaze on Thy works in vain; assist me LORD, that I may try instruction to obtain.
Fain would my thankful heart and lips unite in praise to Thee; and meditate on Thy eclipse in sad Gethsemane."
John Newton was keenly aware that all of creation declares the glory of God and he perceived a parable to our hearts, likening the eclipse of the moon to the events surrounding our LORD's atonement, in the garden, at the cross. Truly, when the LORD Jesus took upon Himself the heavy load of His people's sin, His Own Light was diminished, snuffed out. He descended into the darkness of hell, but then by divine decree, the light of God was restored to Him when the penalty for sin was fully paid!
When you look at the moon, what comes to your mind concerning our Blessed Saviour and LORD? Dear one, may God bless you as you think on these things.