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Topic: Space (01/23/06)
TITLE: "One Small Step"
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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.
I’ve 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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