As moonlight shines through my night-filled window, I wonder wonder how my ancestors felt as they gazed at the full moon. For them it was a guide for planting their crops, sailing the tides, predicting the weather, and an occasion to celebrate the cycles of life and time. Since the moon is our nearest celestial neighbour it is worth taking a little time to honour its vital influence on planet Earth.
The moon was probably once part of the earth, until some cataclysmic event broke it off some four and a half billion years ago. We know that the moon is much smaller than the sun, however the strength of its gravitational pull is two and a half times greater than that of the sun. It is airless, waterless and lifeless but despite this, its powerful gravitational pull influences every living thing on our planet and this lunar influence is a vital factor in the earth’s ability to create and support life. More amazing still, without the moon, life could never have evolved on earth in the first place.
We are now in the final grip of winter. Nature has bared her bones and returned to her winter simplicity. The birds are silent, the leaves have gone and the insects are asleep.The moon continues to shine on all and one thing we can be sure of is its constancy. In the barrenness of winter, we can reach out to God and draw on the support and spiritual wisdom that is freely available for all of us. The love of God, so constant like the moon, the end of time. All we have to do is seek.