Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve 1968: A Lesson For Our Time

Forty years ago today, Christmas Eve 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 orbited the Moon. While orbiting, the astronauts read the first ten verses of Genesis 1 in the King James Version of the Bible. A huge television audience on Earth watched the stirring reading.

Here is the full text of the reading:

William Anders: "We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Jim Lovell: "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Frank Borman: "And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth."

Forty years later, while we bicker over whether or not climate change is natural or man-made and bicker over solutions, remember the One who created the heavens and the Earth. He is still in control over the universe and is on the throne today.

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