When I was a teenager, I had a dream of being an astronaut. I studied science, and to feed my dreams, I read science fiction. To a small extent, I realized those dreams. For awhile I worked at NASA. Unfortunately, I made a depressing discovery. Whatever the engineers might design, politics would leave undone.
So it is I read this post and mourned what might have been.
July 20 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on moon
On July 20th 1969, at 10:56 p.m. American EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal. (continued here)
Reblogged from Craig Hill (from the other side of our little planet)
When we put a man on the moon, that should have been a monumental event in our history, the beginning of our exploration of this solar system. Instead, what had begun with so much promise, fizzled. Suddenly. Inexplicably. We stopped.
What happened? In the decades since our parents and grandparents began a program to put a man on the moon, what have we lost? As my last post suggests (DO YOU BELIEVE MAN CAN PERFECT HIMSELF?), in our pride I think we have lost sight of God. Instead of thanking God for His divine providence — for guiding our footsteps — too often we now pat ourselves on the back.
With an ease that surprised us, we won that race. Unfortunately, too few gave God the glory. So now it is that one-by-one our victories vanish, and our troubles increase.
How can we thank God? We can pray.
Psalm 138 Good News Translation (GNT)
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
I sing praise to you before the gods.
2 I face your holy Temple,
bow down, and praise your name
because of your constant love and faithfulness,
because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.
3 You answered me when I called to you;
with your strength you strengthened me.
4 All the kings in the world will praise you, Lord,
because they have heard your promises.
5 They will sing about what you have done
and about your great glory.
6 Even though you are so high above,
you care for the lowly,
and the proud cannot hide from you.
7 When I am surrounded by troubles,
you keep me safe.
You oppose my angry enemies
and save me by your power.
8 You will do everything you have promised;
Lord, your love is eternal.
Complete the work that you have begun.