But that's not at all what I've got in mind this morning. The moonshine of which I ponder is that which collects as a by-product of the sun's own light; and then goes on to display that light as if it were its own. The moon is equipped with a unique brilliance, and for no other reason than it reflects the sun.
We understand it best this time of year, when Harvest Moons loom large in the sky above. It's as if, when everything on the ground below begins to enter a barren & bleak - though beautiful - season of dormancy, the moon seems even brighter & nearer than at any other time of the year.
In the bedazzlements of the night sky, the moon is the orb that most often sparks the imagination. Songs & poems, and even prayers attend its captivating boldness. Lovers of all ages interpret its glow as an affirmation of affection.
Against the backdrop of ebony, the moon has a part to play.
Today's night sky is my classroom. Even the darkness cannot hide God's purposes for His creation, or me. Whether visible or invisible; whether a quarter or a full view ... my part is certain. It is to be a reflection of His glory.
Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom. And we all,
who with unveiled faces contemplate
the Lord’s glory, are being transformed
into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and
put on the armor of light. ...
with the Lord Jesus Christ ...
~ Romans 13:12, 14
You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it
under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before
others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:14-16
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
~ John 1:4