“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness,”
At the time of writing, 2018 is ending, and we are just entering the time for commemorating the fact that half a century ago, human beings went to the Moon.
On Christmas Eve 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were a long way from home. They were making history by being the first people ever to be in orbit around another world. I remember clearly the stunning pictures, broadcast from close to the Moon’s surface, including photographs of the hidden side of the Moon – the side that constantly faces away from the Earth. Also etched in my memory was that sight of the famous Earthrise picture, taken as the bright disk of the Earth, so far away, rose over the Lunar horizon, and we were all transported to another place in our imaginations.
Prior to Apollo 8’s launch, the astronauts had been reminded that they would be broadcasting live on Christmas Eve 1968, so they had better think of something very significant to say to a vast television audience all over the Earth! They rose magnificently to the challenge, as they took turns to read out the first ten verses of Genesis chapter 1 from notes typewritten on to special fireproof paper, reminding all those who had ears to hear that the Moon, like the Earth, was created by God, for His Glory and for His good pleasure.
“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”