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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.

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LESSON 1 "Oh yes, there is a God!" / HYMN "All Things Bright and Beautiful"
FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2014
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Lesson 1 - Oh yes, there is a God!

There is a great and glorious God!

He is very great and He is very glorious!

And this great, glorious God has great power.

His power is so great that He created everything out of nothing!

That's why God is called, The Creator.

Long, long ago, before you were born,

God made everything that is and ever will be.

How did He do that? He did it by His Word.

God said, "Let there be Light!" And there was Light.

He spoke The Word and everything He intended to make

was made by the breath of His mouth.

And everything He made glorifies Him.

That means, it all speaks of Him.

All of creation tells us

Who He is, what He has done and what He will do.

Oh yes! God made the heavens and the earth by

The Word of His Power, then

He filled the heavens and the earth with good and glorious things. All things bright and beautiful!

God made the sun and the moon. He made the stars, also.

God made the plants, the grasses and the trees that bear fruit.

He made all the birds that fly through the sky,

all the fishes that swim in the sea, and He made great whales.

Then, God made all the animals that live on the dry land.

And on the same day, that is, the sixth day of creation, God made one creature that was very different from all the other creatures.

God made man.

THE HYMN: All Things Bright and Beautiful

"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." Colossians 1:16, 17

(Hymn Begins with The Refrain)

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful:
The LORD God made them all.

1. Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings. Refrain

2. The purple headed mountains,
the river running by,
the sunset and the morning
that brightens up the sky. Refrain

3. The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one. Refrain

4. He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well. Refrain

TUNE: ROYAL OAK, by Martin F. Shaw (1875 - 1958)

WORDS: Cecilia F. Alexander (1818 - 1895)

Would you like to have all 10 Lessons and Hymns in a book that you could give to a child or family this Christmas? The Book is FREE! Download it for yourself at the external link directly below, which will take you to our eDocs PDF file. Your local printer can easily publish it for you on 11 x 17 paper or you can print it yourself at home. Try back-to-back printing on 8-1/2 x 11 paper.

Let the children design and create the Book Cover themselves! Use sturdy card stock paper, if you can. Send me a picture! I would love to see your original Book Cover! My email address is kathleenvick@sbcglobal.net .

Have a most blessed celebration of The Birth of The LORD Jesus Christ, our Virgin-born Saviour! Thanks be to God for His Unspeakable Gift!

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