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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Moon Shines Full....

Last night's moon over Chicago

Priest-Martyr, Father Alexander Men said: "God has given us two books, the book of nature and the book of the Bible." So did you see the bright super-moon last night or early this morning? I found myself singing a hymn we often used in the seminary: I Sing the Mighty Power of God.

I sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day; 
the moon shines full at his command,
and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord
that filled the earth with food;
he formed the creatures with his word
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how your wonders are displayed
where'er I turn my eyes;
if I survey the ground I tread 

or gaze upon the skies.

There's not a plant or flower below
that makes your glories known;
and clouds arise and tempests blow
by order from your throne;
while all that borrows life from thee
is ever in your care,
and everywhere that we can be,
you, God, are present there.


  1. This might be the most uplifting thing I have read all day. Thanks for this. I looked up the hymn and found that I already knew the music, but had long forgotten the lyrics. This brings my past to the present. Let the goodness of the Lord be felt by all as I feel it now.

    1. Isn't that wonderful - a close encounter with the moon bringing forward a lovey piece of the past. How happy I am for you!

  2. You have a knack for helping us to appreciate God's presence in the natural world. I am glad to know that you saw this especially bright moon at its fullest and that God allows for us all to gaze in wonder together.

  3. And the moon is full still tonight - maybe not quite as bright or large, but so wonderful. "The moon shines full at his command, and all the stars obey."

  4. What a lovely hymn. It stirs my heart and lightens the burdens of the day. Grateful.