God’s Grace with Gary 7/20/22

God’s Grace with Gary 7/20/22

July 20, 2022

Hello, this is pastor gary from first baptist church of laplata. On this date in history, 53 years ago, mankind first walked on a surface other than earth. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to walk on the moon. The mission was named Apollo 11 after the Roman god of the sun who was believed to ride his chariot across the sun: not quite what Apollo 11 would do, but sort of. Landing on the moon was perhaps the greatest technological achievement of all history and humanity…so far. It was a virtually flawless mission except for one toggle switch that broke off and would have kept Eagle and the first moonwalkers from getting back home. While NASA engineers worked around the clock to try to solve the problem, Buzz Aldrin used an ink pen to access the switch thus reversing a certain lunar grave for the astronauts. While all of this action was transpiring on the lunar surface, Michael Collins was quietly orbiting the moon in the command module, Columbia, named for the great explorer, Christopher Columbus. Michael Collins is often called the forgotten astronaut, however, without him, there could be no return to earth. During his time in orbit, Collins was the loneliest man to ever exist. He and the other two astronauts were all 240,000 miles from earth, but the other two astronauts had each other—Collins was all alone. Adam was alone in the Garden of Eden before Eve was created, but at least he had the animals. No matter how isolated we may be or feel, we are never alone. God is always with us and has promised in Hebrews 13:5 to never leave us. Had Buzz Aldrin perished on the moon, I feel certain he would have gone to heaven—even from there; you see, Buzz was a professing Christian who got special permission to take the Lord’s Supper with him to the moon. Armstrong quietly watched as Aldrin celebrated Communion somewhere other than on earth. Apollo was named for a false god of the Sun, but Aldrin ensured that the true Son of God was honored.

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