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Light in the Darkness 
Dec. 21, 2010 2:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2010 7:20 pm

The moonrise was fantastic here last nite. We made an extra trip yesterday, to pick up parts and a few things at the drugstore in Burns. That is the closest town to us, and is only 110 miles away, but it took nearly 3 hours to get there because of all the snow. We left in the morning and got back just after the sun went down.

We turned on the news, listening to stories of flooding, and economic meltdowns, bad legislation being passed and a myriad of other things that bring despair to even the most cheerful heart. I wondered if there is any such thing as good news.

Being the lunar eclipse and winter solstice, I decided to stay up and see the event, as I understand it won’t happen again for another 350 years, and I will probably be busy. With all the snow we have, it was as bright as daylight outside, from the moons reflection. At the appointed time, I saw a small dark spot on the bottom edge suddenly appear. It was only 20 degrees outside, so I kept running in and out to check. I tried to take pictures, but with no lens filter, the camera just couldn’t do it. Too bad about that.

 Each time I looked, a little more of the moon was covered in blood-red. Every time I ventured outside, the world around me grew darker, as the entity that had cast so much light on us was slowly covered in blood red shadow. The last time I stepped out, it was eerily dark outside and the dogs began to bark, an owl began hooting and I could hear coyotes wailing not far in the distance. All the elements of a horror show were present and being a big chicken, I began to shiver more from the spookiness than the cold. I had gone out in the front of our little house, so I was alone with no dogs for company or comfort. Looking at the blood-red moon, surrounded by a discomforting blackness, I thought of another time the world went dark.

I have read all the accounts of the crucifixion and how for 3 hours, the world went dark. It seems such a perfect punctuation mark to the illustration of how dark our hearts can be. I felt a wave of conflicting emotions roll over me. Fear of the evil in the world, the inability to save myself, or undo the wrong things I have done in my life, a heavily burdened heart that my actions caused suffering for the One who came to rescue me, brought first tears of regret, then of gratitude and eventually just plain old joy. 

It is all going to end well. The story is already written and death does not win in the end. Not His death, and not mine. The end of this life, will be the beginning of the best yet. Taking that into consideration, there isn't much to be afraid of.

This week we will celebrate God manifesting His love for us in flesh, coming to be with us, so we could be with Him.

There IS such a thing as good news, after all.

Dec. 21, 2010 2:31 pm
How are you reading it Cat Hill? It's running off the page for me.
Dec. 21, 2010 2:32 pm
I meant to add beautiful pic! I had fun trying to get pictures last night.
Dec. 21, 2010 2:32 pm
AMEN!!! Lovely blog. Merry Christmas.
Dec. 21, 2010 2:37 pm
I can't read it either...very odd-looking...but the pic is very pretty!
Dec. 21, 2010 2:42 pm
Now, it looks correct, that was weird!
Dec. 21, 2010 2:47 pm
Beautiful picture, Petey, and lovely blog! Thank you!
Dec. 21, 2010 3:06 pm
I don't know why its so hard to post on time the font is ok, then the next its unreadable. Weirdness! Merry Christmas you guys!
Dec. 21, 2010 3:25 pm
Thank you for a beautiful blog, Petey. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Dec. 21, 2010 3:29 pm
Beautiful Blog and picture, Petey. I get to Burns about twice a year myself, my niece works in the hospital there. May God Bless and Guide your family,now and in the coming year. Merry Christmas. Toni
Dec. 21, 2010 5:27 pm
Merry Christmas, Petey! Beautifully written!
Dec. 21, 2010 5:33 pm
Petey, I can't thank you enough for sharing. I am an avid sky watcher and was crushed yesterday when we had overcast skies that did not clear. Tonight, however, my grandson and I just watched a beautiful moonrise and though I missed last night's show I still will always be in awe of the sky. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.
Dec. 21, 2010 8:15 pm
Toni Jo, I've probably met your niece, as I have made a couple trips to the hospital there! LOL Thank you
Dec. 21, 2010 8:15 pm
Thanks so much Mike, and Jena. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your families.
Dec. 22, 2010 6:53 am
Thank you for sharing! Have a blessed Christmas!
Dec. 22, 2010 8:26 am
Beautiful, Petey, how your thoughts are brought to life on paper, er screen for us to share. And what a great light we have to share with the world! Merry Christmas to you and many blessings in the new year too!
Dec. 22, 2010 9:36 am
Very eloquently writen! "The light of the World has come! And, in it there is NO darkness." Merry Christmas Petey!
Dec. 22, 2010 10:20 am
Beautiful blog and fantastic photo, petey! Thank you for voicing so wonderfully what I feel in my soul every time I think about how undeserving I am of the Gift God sent to earth, yet still it was given to me. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Dec. 28, 2010 4:24 am
Nature truly does declare the glory of God. Those glimpses of darkness cause rejoicing that the Light of the world has come and offered salvation. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 28, 2010 6:23 am
Wonderful post! How refreshing to read about the real good news of Christmas. So many don't see the shadow of the cross over the manger. It is His death which brings good news to us, but as you wrote, it is sobering to think that it was my sins that sent Him to the cross.
Dec. 28, 2010 7:02 am
Lovely blog, Petey. Thank you.
Dec. 28, 2010 7:15 am
So glad I didn't miss that blog. I rejoice with you Petey. His coming is truly the best news. I am glad you let it shine.
Dec. 28, 2010 11:14 am
Well said......Amen.
Dec. 28, 2010 11:14 am
You truly have a charmed life and a thoughtful heart. Merry Christmas, Petey!
Dec. 28, 2010 11:24 am
What a sweet spirit you have, Petey! And what a wonderful blog. It is overwhelming and humbling, isn't it - to think we are worth the love and suffering He lived through so that we can live. (Make sense?)
Dec. 28, 2010 11:50 am
I always enjoy your blogs, but this one especially. "Good tidings of great joy," indeed!
Dec. 28, 2010 12:26 pm
@Xraybarb: Yes I thought it made sense. Jesus endured unthinkable suffering so that we can truly "live" on earth & even better -in Heaven.
Dec. 28, 2010 12:35 pm
Beautifully written and a gorgeous pic too! WOW! GOD bless you Petey!!! ALL GLORY TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR!!!! AMEN!!!!
Dec. 28, 2010 4:33 pm
This is one of the most beautiful things I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. Thank you for sharing!
Dec. 28, 2010 5:17 pm
Thanks guys, may we continue to shine for Him! :)
Jenny Mac 
Dec. 28, 2010 6:45 pm
Thank-you so much for sharing... beautiful, just beautiful. Merry Christmas, and blessings upon you and your family in 2011.
Dec. 28, 2010 7:20 pm
Thank you for so beautifully sharing your Winter Solstice. The Light of the World is truly appreciated after being engulfed by darkness. The brighter days have started, here's to a great 2011.
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