Friday, September 16, 2011

Moon Gazing

This week there has been a full moon out. Normally, as a cop, I curse under my breath when there is a full moon. It is a sure sign that it is going to be crazy at work. But I was not working this night and I just sat there thinking about the moon and the thought crossed my mind that the moon has been in the sky for as long as man-kind has been here. Every human being has looked upon the moon. Perhaps, Jesus looked up at the moon as He prayed in agony to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. He eyes cast on the same object that my eyes were looking upon at that moment. I felt a connection to Jesus and to all of mankind.

My mind took it a step further and realized that we all have a bigger connection to each other than having looked at the moon or the sun (although, I wouldn't suggest looking at the sun for too long.) We, as Christians, are all parts of the Body of Christ. We are all connected. When one of us is happy, we should all be happy. When one of us is sad, we should all be sad.

That is the way we are supposed to be. We are supposed to take care of each other. You know, the whole clothe the naked and feed the hungry thing. It's not just because it is the socially correct thing to do. It's because we are all brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God and not just spawn from some primordial ooze with similar DNA. We are connected.

We don't always act like that though. Because of sin, we are so wrapped up in ourselves that we not only lift up each other but we knock each other down. Often just so we can lift ourselves up. We see others as objects and not as humans. But that's not how we are supposed to be. Fortunately, through the grace of God, we are reminded of how we are supposed to be and because of that grace of God we act the way we are supposed to act. Don't fool yourself and think goodness comes for you.

So, next time you look at the moon or feel the sun shine basking down on you, think of the connection you have with all of humanity and ask yourself if you are acting like you have that connection.