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"He who created the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns blackness into dawn
and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land -
he is the Lord, the God of Hosts by name."
AMOS 5:8



I used to go out on our tiny back porch of the house I grew up in to go look at Orion, in the southern sky, over my elementary school.
The back door was in my bedroom and I would go out, in the dark of night, in my slippers, jammies and robe, in the cold of Michigan winters to look at Orion. Often with the white snow glistening on the ground. I would stay until I was shivering.

Even in the midst of the city, with all the city lights, you can usually see Orion.

In the country, where we had a trailer at a trailer park and we would spend our summers - weekends in the fall and spring, I would visit him there as well. There he was part of a starry host - but always he is easy to see.

I would talk to him. I would just look at the beauty of his stars.
No surprise - he's out there, up there, still. He's crisp and clear and bright tonight, in the southern sky over the end of our short street.

And I stopped to look at him awhile. Stopping on my way from my car to the house, coming home from visiting my daughter. I stopped to say hello and think of this scripture verse that John Michael Talbot put so beautifully to music. And to think that Tolkien put the Swordsman in the sky of Middle-earth. To spend a few moments with and old friend on a crisp cold March night in Illinois.


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Mar. 18th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
I haven't done any star-gazing in quite a while and this post makes me want to. Not a clear night here tonight but maybe I will have better luck tomorrow night.
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Glad to inspire you :) I've always loved the stars. I will admit that one of the things that bothers me about how heaven is described in the Bible is that there is supposed to be no night. I think another Christian singer, the late Rich Mullens, must have felt the same way because he wrote in one of his songs that, "Sometimes the night is beautiful." The dark isn't always scary or bad.

I'm glad you've stopped by to comment :) Thanks!
Mar. 20th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
This is just beautiful. I LOVE to star-gaze. In Bermuda--at NASA Point, or merely walking to my barracks room after my late night shift at work, I was in complete awe of His marvelous creation. It was as if God took a paint brush and flicked white speckles across a sable canvass. The sky was literally filled with sparkling diamonds. That is also where I saw my first shooting star. I see maybe half of that, on a clear night, here near the city. Too many lights.

LOL, on another note...I know who John Michael Talbot is! I used to have The Painter song. Oooh! I know who JRR Tolkien is, too, lol. He had such a love for the beauty of nature, and I can see in various places of the books how he shared that love through the eyes of his hobbits.

Just lovely. Thank you for sharing your star-gazing.

Mar. 22nd, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Bad me, I hadn't read this nor responded.

That is so cool that you know who John Michael Talbot is :) We had a closed concert with him at the seminary Bruce attended in Sioux Falls, SD. He was in town to do a concert at Sioux Falls Baptist College and agree to do one at the sem that was open only to faculty and students plus spouses. It was at the main North American Baptist church in town. He sat at the edge of the platform to perform and afterward we all just mingled. It was soooooo cool.

Yes, I've always been drawn to people who love God's creation :)

Thank you for sharing your star story too. :)

Mar. 22nd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm home sick today (acute upper respiratory infection, swollen glands, fever)... and am finally catching up on my F-List... THIS was so beautiful. I'm not in the same boat as you with the religion, but I did grow up stargazing with my mother. We used to set up reclining lawnchairs in the backyard, and she'd point out constellations (of course, Orion was one of the easiest to learn). Back then, we had no street lights, and you could even see the Milky Way.

The last time I was out stargazing was during a November meteor shower several years ago. I got up at 3 am, and drove as far away from the city as I could.... and opened my sunroof and stood on the seat. The roof of my Beetle was a great tabletop for my travel mug of hot coffee. And I stayed out, until the sun came up, and I couldn't see the shooting stars anymore. I lost count somewhere around 217 -- and that was just in the first hour. It was simply amazing.

The irony, though, of seeing this post today, is that I just decided this morning to NOT buy a Starscapes franchise, because I just simply don't have any free time to devote to it. But for a few weeks, I seriously thought I could do it. I might still buy the paint (from a different source) and paint my own bedroom ceiling, but I would do it only because of the memory of those summer nights with Mom, and for the memory of Carl Sagan, not for any business or profit.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Graewolf!! (((((((HUGS)))))))

When I mosey around and check my friend's LJs, I always check yours. You've not posted in a while and I was just thinking of writing to you and seeing how you're doing. I'm so glad you wrote :)

I'm sorry to hear you are so ill :( There seemed to ba a lot of respiratory illnesses going around this year. Several people I know had either bronchitis or pneumonia.

I'm so glad my post brought pleasant memories :) That meteor shower sounds fantastic!! And I definitely think you should do your bedroom ceiling in stars :) That sounds awesome.

Take care of yourself and get better soon.

Much love,

Pearl aka Sandy
Mar. 23rd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I've been away from my computer a lot lately, and real life has just been so boring there isn't anything worth writing about... and I really don't know how many people read my LJ anymore, since 99% of the time, there are no responses to the things I do post (for the past year or so)... so I just don't have the inclination to write there these days. I didn't cancel the account, though I thought about it, only because I like to hear about what's going on in the lives of people like you, who I've met and love, or people who I'd like to meet because I love their writing so much or they make me laugh.

I spent a good deal of time yesterday working on a big abstract (oil paint and oil pastels), and today I'll be working on a still life. I will probably go back to work tomorrow, but I could get used to staying home and making art, even with a fever!
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