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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: "One Small Step"
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01/25/06


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I was nine years old on July 20, 1969. I held my breath as Eagle landed and Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the surface of the Moon. History was made and I sat in front of our small black and white TV and felt a part of it. America was proud and excited and hopeful all at the same time.

For four years my Weekly Reader was full of stories about NASA and progress toward the Moon landing. During the summer of 1969 it became a reality. At nine, it was easy to dream I was up there. I wondered if people would actually live on the Moon and marveled in amazement.

Our family has taken trips to the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio and stood in front of the Apollo 11 space capsule at the Smithsonian in Washington, D. C. One year, as a home school project, we built a model of the Eagle.

Ive never met Neil Armstrong, but my Father-in-law has. They served on various boards together at the University of Cincinnati and shared time on the golf course. I remember the day our younger daughter found out her Grandfather KNEW Neil Armstrong. Grandpa Dickhoner was suddenly ten feet tall.

None of us will probably ever walk on the Moon, but we can gaze into the starry heavens and wonder at the fastness of space. How do you feel when you see an extra beautiful view of the Moon or squint to watch an eclipse of the Sun through a pin prick in a piece of cardboard? Have you looked through a telescope or visited a planetarium? David took time to gaze into the heavens and the Holy Spirit inspired him to put his thoughts into words.

When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3,4 (NKJV)


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Marilyn Schnepp 01/30/06
I loved these thoughts, and the short, sweet and simple reminders of "Who" makes the world go around...and juggles all the planets in unison without any going astray! Yes, a beautiful write, and an entertaining read! Thank you.
Birdie Courtright02/02/06
I loved this! It is very well written, and brings to memory the vision of the men who challenged a new frontier and captured our hearts in their journies to the vast unknown. Thanks!
Alexandra Wilkin02/06/06
This was really very nice, both to read for pleasure and the stimulation of thought. God bless.