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The Same Moon

22 February 2024

By Ruth Potter of Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.

Job 5:8

The Gulf breezes were warm, and the waves were breaking almost as far out as the horizon. This was unusual because almost always there is a bank of clouds hiding the place where water meets sky. We sat in the condominium we had rented looking out as the moon began to peek above that space and begin its ascent. A huge orange ball began to emerge and spread its golden light in a wide path across the waters, each breaker spreading gold as it came to shore. We marveled at such a happening, and the impression of it has remained with us.

A few minutes after the moon had risen above our building, my daughter called from Missouri. We had talked for a few minutes when she exclaimed, “Mom, did you see that marvelous moon tonight?” She and I had seen the same moon though we were a thousand miles apart. We had marveled at the beauty of it at the same time.

It brought home to me the fact that the world has much to show us. All God’s creations—the moon, the blue sky, the sun that warms us—are not mine alone to enjoy but touch every person on this planet. This place we call ours is home to billions who see the same moon, sun, and blue sky but cannot see each other’s faces. What a pity we can’t see the joy that would come if we could take away the fear and hate by looking for the face of God in each one.

Prayer Phrase

“For he will be like a tree planted by water…” (Jeremiah 17:8).

Spiritual Practice

Deepening Roots

A tree with superficial roots will wither during drought, or severe storms may uproot it. A tree whose roots go deep is stable and draws from deep waters. Imagine yourself as a tree by a river or stream. Sense your roots extending deep into the Earth in search of God’s Spirit. Reflect or pray about what you hope to find as your spirit searches for deeper identity in God.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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