Why has the world become so desensitized? It’s as if we guard what’s really going on because we think others aren’t smart enough to digest and process through happenings on their own.
Alright, so maybe that was a little harsh — but seriously!
I’ve been pretty stirred up for over a week now. With the passing of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, America lost a great hero. Not just because he was the first man to walk on the moon, but because he was so much more.
I remember ever so blurry as I was a very young whipper-snapper his famous words: “That’s one small step for man…one giant leap for mankind.”
Sitting there in my wooden school desk with my eyes fixed on the black and white static-y television my heart was captivated by how far away they were. At such a young age it was hard to comprehend the magnitude of all that was accomplished to make that happen.
But the years passed and the same story was told over and over. We would recite those famous words “That’s one small step for man…one giant leap for mankind” almost in a robotic way. We’d been there and done that. What was next?
But there was more to the story.
This landing on the moon was something special for Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buz Aldrin. It was more than another check-off on their goal list.
go to school – check
go to college – check
learn to fly – check
submit to become an astronaut – check
intense training – check
make the crew – check
land on the moon – check
No, it was something special. It was a moment they wanted to commemorate in time and deem it as a “holy moment.”
These men weren’t “just” astronauts, they had well-rounded lives. Buz was an elder at his Presbyterian Church.
Why didn’t they tell the whole story?
Why were we left in the dark?
Are we as individuals not able to process other’s beliefs and traditions?
Do we really need the media to decipher how or when we hear things?
This is what I just learned.
Here’s a snippet of an article from cbn.com.
Aldrin carried a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine that had been blessed by his pastor.
After the lunar module touched down, Aldrin asked everyone to take a moment to give thanks in their own way. He then read scripture and took communion on the moon.
“I am the vine, you are the branches,” Aldrin read from John 15:5. “Whoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Aldrin wanted the event to be broadcast back to earth. But NASA decided against it since the agency was embroiled with a lawsuit with atheist Madelyn Murry O’Hair.
The suit was over the reading from the book of Genesis when Apollo 8 circled the moon in December of ’68.
Americans never knew about the Aldrin’s communion ceremony on the moon until years later.”
So, I sat in school and HAD to take years and years of science and history and because NASA, the media and the courts decide I shouldn’t know the whole story – I don’t know the whole story for 40 years. That says KrAZy to me!
Can we each not agree we can celebrate special moments in our own way?
Research this story. Google it. It’s the most fascinating cover-up!
I know this story, the truth, has made a difference to me. It’s amazing to know that these men celebrated their accomplishment in such a meaningful way to them. They wanted to stop and remember that holy moment. They wanted a spiritual marker in their life. And their celebration has opened up a whole new window for my soul to see and celebrate the moon that was made.
Man might have had the first step on the moon, but Christ had the first liquid. His blood! How cool is that?
And while the Astronaut team got everything they dreamed of – other than the truth being told – these men had such character they kept it to themselves. It wasn’t a moment that they fought for so that the whole world would know. It was a moment just between them and their Creator. A celebration!
A moment to commune with the Creator who made the moon on which they walked.
Did you know about this?
Was I the only one left out in the dark? Maybe I should have taken one more science and history class.
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Linking up with Ann at A Holy Experience talking about focus amid distractions.