Merry Christmas to All the Earth…

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Earth-rise Christmas Eve 1968 (as seen from Apollo 8 lunar orbiter)

Fifty years ago tonight, Apollo eight orbited the moon. The crew was awestruck as they came around from the back side of the moon and saw the contrast of the drab gray orb that they had been behind in radio silence, suddenly to see the beauty of the earth as it rose above the surface of  the moon. The result was the following message they sent from the lunar module.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”

And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.

And Merry Christmas to all from the Clark family in Idaho, USA

12 comments on “Merry Christmas to All the Earth…

  1. Allan Halton says:

    Merry Christmas to you as well, Michael. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof…”

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks, Allan.
      “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven…” (Col 1:21-23, ESV2011)

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  2. Kenneth E Dawson says:

    Thanks & Merry Christmas to you all too!

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  3. mariatlee says:

    A blessed season of joy to you and your family today and everyday

    Monette

    On Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 8:58 AM A Wilderness Voice Michael posted: ” Earth-rise Christmas Eve 1968 (as seen from Apollo 8 > lunar orbiter) Fifty years ago tonight, Apollo eight orbited the moon. The > crew was awestruck as they came around from the back side of the moon and > saw the contrast of the drab gray orb that they ha” >

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  4. Even in outer space, man realized the majesty of God. Praise His Holy Name!

    Well said thank you. I thank you for your good wishes and send them right back. And may your day be full of blessings, filled with love and laughter!

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks, LCB! Yes, They were obviously touched at the sight of God’s blue, fertile earth after not seeing nothing but the drab gray moon scarred up from eons of meteor strikes.

      May you and yours have a blessed day.

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  5. dimple says:

    Merry Christmas, Michael!

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  6. Wanda Collins says:

    Day by day I have come to know that all things work together for good to those who love God. Merry Christmas to you and your family Michael!

    Love you brother,

    Wanda

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  7. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2: 14).

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