Friday, February 27, 2009

I See The Moon and The Moon Sees Me

When my boys were small, we would often take late evening walks to the pond next to our house. There were many nights when the moon would be bright and brilliant. But then, there were those nights when the moon appeared blue. However, it really didn't matter what color the moon displayed because it was always magical and illuminated our evening walks.
There is a sweet rhyme that we use to cite when the moon made an appearance. "I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me." This little sing-song rhyme was soothing, happy and always brought a giggle. I believe the boys liked it as well. :-)
The moon was certainly no stranger to us. We enjoyed our nightly adventures by moonlight , but we also spent many a bed-time ritual reading "Happy Birthday, Moon" a delightful children's book written by Frank Asch. This book was a simple little story about a bear who befriended the moon by carrying on a conversation with the moon. The closer the little boy got to the moon, from hill-top to hill-top, the clearer the conversation became. The conversation was in reality the echo of the little boy's own voice. However, this repetitive monologue revealed that they both had the same birthday and they both wanted a hat for their birthday! You do get the picture.. don't you?? The little bear buys the moon a hat and because of a strategically placed tree limb, the hat is a perfect fit for the moon. Later on that evening, a breeze blows the hat right to the footstep of the bear's house. When the bear finds the hat, he assumes this hat is a gift from the moon. There are a few more twist and turns to this story but it is truly a simple story of friendship, caring, sharing and forgiveness, along with a lot of determination! My boys loved this little story.
Isn't it awesome how God provides us with life lessons through His creations. Look for them, they are everywhere!

God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, "Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!" Isaiah 7:10

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