My last night in the bush, my friend called me out to see the stars. The usual nighttime clouds had lifted revealing an elaborate, almost fireworks-like display of shimmering stars sprinkled densely over the dark sky. No moon was visible but the stars really looked as if they were twinkling. We saw two stars go shooting across and picked out the only two constellations we knew. But the glory and beauty of them were overwhelming! It was hard to go in and go to bed.
Several people talked about a solar eclipse we were supposed to be able to see this morning but there was heavy cloud cover and we were unable to even try. However, there is supposed to be a lunar eclipse on the 28th! C.S. Lewis, in his books The Chronicles of Narnia, calls the stars, sun, moon, and planets “the great lords of the dance”. And so they seem to be. Moving in an elegant dance that leaves us filled with awe! In an email telling me of these eclipses, my brother quoted the psalmist in saying, “the heavens declare the glory of God”! And, indeed, it is so!