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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: The Light of the Moon
By Theresa Knight
05/26/04

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The Light of the Moon


Mike, my husband, and I were stationed in Gaeta, Italy in 1991, during the Persian Gulf War. He was in the Navy then, stationed aboard the Sixth Fleet Flag Ship. After being in Gaeta for a month, our household goods arrived, and we moved into a condo across the street from the Gulf of Gaeta.

Due to the War, the ship left the following morning. Having to say ‘goodbye’ was hard. No one knew when the ship was due back, and I would be by myself in this foreign country while the ship was away. No base was in Gaeta, and all of the Americans there lived among the Italian people. I could speak some Italian, but still felt a strong uneasiness.

One night, a few weeks later, sitting on the balcony of our condo, the full moon shining very bright and softly on the Gulf of Gaeta. The sight was extremely beautiful and mesmerizing. It calmed my uneasiness, and comforted me. After that night, seems like
I noticed the Italian people more, and realized their friendliness.

Even now, I believe the Lord was speaking to me, letting me know he was watching over the ship’s crew and guiding them to safety. This is just one of many of His many ways of communicating with His own using light.


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Marie B. Corso05/31/04
The story is so good. It really sends a good message of how the Lord watches over us no matter where we are or what we are doing. I think you could lengthen it. And look over your sentence structure. There's a few sentences that are incomplete.
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
What a lovely picture you painted of that moment on the balcony Theresa. Made me wish I'd been there too!

As Marie has commented, I actually would have liked to see it padded just a tiny bit more between the moonlit balcony moment and that transformation.

But other than that, it was a very sweet, gentle testimony. With love, Deb
L.M. Lee06/02/04
what courage to live alone in a strange land while your husband served our country!
Melanie Kerr 06/02/04
When I moved up to Inverness a number of years ago, it was seeing the star that gave me comfort. God said that just as the stars have not changed in the sky, his love for me would not change either.
Dian Moore06/02/04
Thank you for sharing this lovely story. It's always a wonder when God lets us know he is near.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
I love when God brings peace to our hearts amid a trying situation - he is so faithful. Thanks for you beautiful story.
B Price06/04/04
thanks for sharing a part of your life with us.
GOD does speak to us and HE does in many ways.
A moon can be very comforting and that night it was for you.
GOD gave you the strength to stay while your husband was gone but HE showed you HE was with you.
thank you husband for serving in the service.
We cannot thank our military enought.
GOD BLESS.
and a lovely story by the way. (smile)