Good Evening God,
My wonderful husband Kit and I were privileged to see the March 9, 2016 solar eclipse live! It was our third solar eclipse . . . but the magic had not faded . . . if anything it was more miraculous. How is it, God, that the moon is sized and positioned such that it completely covers our sun? That is Your doing. And to see it happen is to be enfolded in the Great Mystery. Thank You!
We are, of course, vastly privileged in so many other ways, God. As we toured sites in Indonesia Kit would say, “It just isn’t fair that we have so much!” And I agreed . . . but wanted to change the subject . . . as I don’t know what to do about it. I do know that vast gaps between the top and bottom make for instability. The French revolution of 1789 is clear in my mind. Sigh. I put it in Your Hands, God.
But back to the solar eclipse! This photo was taken by the ship’s photographer — not me. It is a BRIEF moment before Totality when the sun looks like a Diamond Ring. It is breathtaking. Then the moon moves and we entered into the Calm of Totality. It was two minutes and 45 seconds of a sort of darkness falling over us. No, not darkness . . . more of a diminution of the Light. It had a gentle peaceful quality about it. As if the Mighty Sun was staying its hand for a moment.
Aaah. I am grateful . . . thankful . . . and humbled.
How fortunate we are to live in a time when scientists can predict eclipses . . . and how fortunate that we can go with dear friends to observe an Opening into Your Magical Universe. . . an awesome glimpse into Your Handiwork.