By Ingrid Burbey
There’s a lot of construction going on in our neighborhood, resulting in closed roads and detours. So, on Friday morning, when I wanted to go north to Pembroke, I had to start by driving south for a couple of miles.
As I was headed down the road, a gorgeous full moon was right ahead of me, low on the horizon, huge and bright. I loved that moon. I thought to myself, “I would like a moon necklace to remind me of this beautiful moon. I would even like to hug that moon, it’s so beautiful.”
If I really hugged the moon, I’d get a mouthful of dust. Maybe I’d notice that the moon isn’t very pretty close-up. I’ve seen the moon rock at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum; to me, it looks like an ordinary rock and nothing spectacular. The moon up close would be a gray, dusty thing.
What really makes the moon so beautiful is the light reflecting off of it. And what makes it especially beautiful is the pits and craters and the interesting light and shadows they create.
And what are we but dust? Maybe our purpose, like the moon’s, is to reflect God’s light. We may be ashamed of our pits and craters, our mistakes, our failures, our imperfections, but with God’s light casting upon them, they can be visions of beauty.