A Cowboy’s Faith: Big moon unique opportunity

buchmanhead“It was a perfect night for riding in the moonlight.”

Often, horseback excursions have been made in the light of the moon.

“No,” sadly, was response to questioning if we had during the recent big moon phenomenon. However, evening front porch and early morning chore time views verified size and brightness of the gigantic ball in the sky.

Never interested in astronomy, the unique occurrence made us think of college prof Dr. Wood, our freshman science instructor.

Noteworthy, Dr. Wood did his doctorate thesis on The Christmas Star. He’d completely understand the super moon on Nov. 14, 2016.

This was the closest super moon since Jan. 26, 1948, and won’t be surpassed until Nov. 25, 2034. Hope to be around to take advantage of the horseback venture missed this time.

Closest super moon of the century will occur Dec. 6, 2052. Doubtful there’ll be riding in that moonlight, yet confident to be taking horseback excursion the year before upon hitting century mark.

Couldn’t help but wonder if the moon is made of green cheese. Proven not so, the perception is from a simpleton who saw a moon reflection in water and mistook it for a big cheese ball.

But, what about the Man in the Moon? Evidently, he doesn’t exist, either, although the moon just looks like it sometimes.

Before the telescope was invented in the 1600s, the moon was a round, mysterious object people gazed at in night sky. Astronomers eventually discovered the moon is a “celestial” body that makes an orbit around Earth.

Don’t have definite memory of July 20, 1969, but reflect when man really did first set foot on the moon.

With more than half a billion people watching television, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Twelve astronauts have walked on the moon. The last, Gene Cernan said: “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace, and hope for all mankind.”

Reminds us of Isaiah 47:13: “Stargazers predict by the new moons. Stand up and save you from the things that will come.” Then, Isaiah 66:23: “It shall be that from new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down and worship before the Lord.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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