THIS IS A WONDERFUL TRUE STORY, SO WORTH THE READ, and example of our Christian Heritage worth Remembering and sharing with the World.
THE MOON AND GOD!!!
What was the first liquid and food consumed on the moon? I’m betting most are unaware of this story.
Forty-nine years ago (July 20, 1969). two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon
But, what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the Moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in the Guidepost magazine.
The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life; and knowing that he soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt that he would mark the occasion somehow. He asked his minister to help him so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine, Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earths orbit and onto the surface of the moon. He and Armstrong had only on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:
“This is the LM (Lunar Module) pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the last few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He then ended radio communication, and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,00 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he tool communion.
Here is his account of what happened:
“in the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. The I read the scripture: ‘I am the vine, you are the branches Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit… Apart from me you can do nothing.’
“I had intended to rad my communion passage back to the Earth, but at the last minute (they) had requested that I not do this. NASA was ready embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew’s reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly”
“I ate the tiny toast and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon and the very first food eaten there were the communion elements.:”
“And, of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon – and who, in the immortal words of Dante, is himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”
How many of you knew this? Too bad this type of news doesn’t travel as fast as the bad does.
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The nicest place to be is in someones’s thoughts, The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is in the hands of God.