Saturday, April 15, 2006

Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I See Tonight

Eighty years ago, in 1926, Edwin Hubble discovered that we most certainly are not alone. Or, at least, the huge amount of stars that we could see above us, pre-electricity, are just the neighborhood, the little settlement in the vast desert, cut off from all the other little settlements.

He discovered galaxies: huge clusters of stars, beyond his ability to number. The universe was not just our planet surrounded by a few other planets and a million or so stars. We are but one of countless enormous clusters going off almost to infinity.

We have discovered even more. Perhaps 300 billion stars in our galaxy, perhaps 300 billion galaxies in the universe. Maybe more. There have to be other civilizations out there with, may I even bring it up?, visits by our Creator in their form to bring them the message of salvation.

It took us a long time to realize that Greece was not the center of the universe ... quite a long time (and bodies burned at stakes) to admit that the sun, moon and stars did not revolve around earth. Now that we have passed from educational infancy through adolescence, it's time for the adulthood of acceptance that our Creator has blessed the universe with life and salvation. It's going to take some growing up, but we can get there.

Star light, star bright,
first star I see tonight.
Wish I may, wish I might,
grant me the wish I wish tonight.

Wishing all of you a pleasant Spring.


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