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Coffee and Conversation #160 – Reflections on the solar eclipse




Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #160!

Coffee and Conversation #160 - I hope you are encouraged by this brief commentary on the recent solar eclipse. You are known and loved!

 

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Were you able to watch this week’s eclipse?

Although our family doesn’t live in the region of totality, we were actually able to watch it in multiple cities, thanks to the miracle of technology. And even on a much smaller scale – I have not a doubt that it lost much of its true awesomeness being reduced to a smartphone-sized screen – it was a truly moving experience.

But here’s what I found truly interesting…

I was not surprised by the thoughts that many shared about what an ostensibly spiritual experience the totality was. But what did (kinda) surprise me was how similar comments came from friends and acquaintances who are not necessarily “spiritual” people.

Now I’m not one of “those” Christians who looks for symbolism in all things temporal, seeks knowledge of THE exact date Jesus is returning, or is ready to name any world leader as the anti-Christ. I’m more of a “how does this teach me to be more like Jesus in my day-to-day life” kinda gal. Someone who looks at my experiences and life situations and seeks discernment and wisdom about what lessons the Lord is teaching me personally through them.

And here is what I read about the wonder of the skies in Scripture recently:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.

Psalm 19:1-3

Kinda neat, huh? I love how these verses reflect much about what went on during the eclipse. A recurring comment I heard and read was how quite animals became. Darkness descended in the areas of totality without a sound. Although there was plenty of commentary going on from the hosts of the streaming sites we watched when it came to those moments of totality…they, too, fell silent. The skies were quiet as well, yet spoke volumes: NASA recorded the event using over a dozen aircraft and will spend months studying the footage to learn more about the sun, the Earth, and the solar system.

If this wasn’t declaring the glory of God, if the skies weren’t proclaiming the work of his hands, if knowledge is not being revealed through the images picked up in the darkened sky…without a sound…well, then, I have no earthly idea what WAS going on!

Of course, this is just my personal opinion.

But I can say with certainty that the same God that orchestrated the events of this past Monday – and countless others that fill me with awe and make me feel like less-than-a-speck in the cosmos – is the same One who knows the number of hairs on my head and considers me the apple of His eye.

Whether or not you were able to experience the totality of a mid-day eclipse, I do hope that this brief commentary encourages you today. You are known. You are remembered. You are loved.

What was your eclipse experience like?  Did it bring on wonder, or was it just another day? When was the last time you were part of something that perhaps caused you to think about your place in the cosmos?


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14 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #160 – Reflections on the solar eclipse

  1. Donna Reidland August 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Pat, thanks for hosting. Have a great week-end!
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  2. Journa Ramirez August 24, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Thank you so much for the party and hope you have a blessed week! http://www.lollyjane.com

  3. Patrick August 23, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    Thanks for hosting! You could not see the eclipse were I am.
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    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:01 am #

      Always a pleasure, Patrick! Well, maybe next time you’ll be able to see it… I think one is coming up in 2024 😉

  4. Marilyn Lesniak August 23, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks for hosting again! Have a great week!

    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks, Marilyn…you, too!!

  5. Beth August 23, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    I’m so glad I experienced it, Pat. It truly was amazing in many ways. A friend of mine posted a Bible passage about when God made the sun stand still so that Joshua and his army could continue to fight longer. God does some amazing things and those are only the obvious ones! I can only imagine the amazing things He does in our hearts. Thanks for the linkup and for inspiring us to look up!
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    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:07 am #

      How awesome that you were able to see it!! I am DEFinitely planning on a road trip for the next one – don’t want to miss it again after hearing all the neat reports…
      Yes, knowing what He does that we can see makes realizing what He does that we can not see all the more striking!
      Thanks for sharing this week!

  6. Michele Morin August 23, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Even though I was outside during the eclipse, it was unremarkable. Even so, I’ve loved this eclipse season. I followed the coverage on NPR, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Your Psalm 19 reflection is just one of the many reasons I loved that God sent this natural phenomenon in the midst of so much chaos here on this planet.
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    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, the actual eclipse here wasn’t much to write home about, although there were local friends of mine that had a different experience. But the stuff I saw online blew me away anyway!! We sure do/did need something uplifting to think about these days, don’t we?!

  7. Helen Reynolds August 23, 2017 at 2:59 am #

    We would have seen about 62% of the full eclipse here in Phoenix except it was a cloudy, overcast day! That was disappointing! Thanks for hosting the party!

    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:11 am #

      Oh, man, that’s disappointing! Maybe next time (?)…
      Happy to see you here this week, Helen…have a great day 🙂

  8. Patrick Weseman August 23, 2017 at 12:29 am #

    Anything having to with space and the heavens really interest me. I guess it part of my curious nature about what is beyond Earth.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.
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    • Pat August 23, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      I totally get that, Patrick. There is just so much we don’t know…

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