Sinus Iridum Together

Linda and I observed Sinus Iridum together about this same time during the last moon cycle. The theme in the last post is about the same for this one: love one another. Sure sounds like a simple phrase, which comes from John 15:17, but it’s context in the last days of Christ before the crucifixion demands a deeper meaning than human-based affection.

Love is not love until it is tried through unlovely circumstances to see if it holds together. And, even when it does, it is cause for a believer to be humble and give thanks for His grace. We have been through difficulties, a lot of disease, but also times of mistakes and sin that meant we had to confess our failings to each other and our God. Our God is not some pie-in-the-sky utopian figment of imagination. Relating to Him has a good deal more reality. Observing parts of His creation has only served to heighten the knowledge of His hand at work. So doing it together is a treat that we respectfully hold carefully.

So as we watched the moon and sketched Sinus Iridum together, we were thinking about a larger picture of being together and how that had persisted. We sketched with thanks. It was a good evening to do just that: give thanks and enjoy the “ruler of the night” when it was high in sky. As usual, it’s phasing and changing surface with changing light are always a challenge to capture on any particular evening. this evening we were struck by the high contrast in the walls of Sinus Iridum, so it became the target. Linda’s sketch follows:


My sketch brings up the rear:


The quote from Psalm 148 is part of a larger body of verses where His creation “sings” its praise. The moon sure did it on this particular evening.



About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: [or use]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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