05 October 2006

Harvest Moon

Tomorrow night marks the annual rising of the Harvest Moon.

As NASA eloquently explains: "Not so long ago, before electric lights, farmers relied on moonlight to harvest autumn crops. With everything ripening at once, there was too much work to do to stop at sundown. A bright full moon — a "Harvest Moon" — allowed work to continue into the night."

This reminded me of a book I recently read, Red Moon Rising: How 24-7 Prayer is Awakening a Generation. It's premised on a vision of unrelenting prayer. So much prayer that God would be unable to rest. On the night the movement was launched, a red moon -- a full, harvest moon -- hung in the sky. It's founder explained that, symbolically, it gave purpose to the movement: "I tell you," Jesus said, "open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35) or as the Apostle Paul put it: "Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).

I'm not sure what you're doing tomorrow night (Oct. 6) around 11:13 p.m. (Eastern) -- the time when the moon will be completly full -- but I hope to be in a field somewhere praying under the harvest moon.

For there is much work to be done...

Now is the day of salvation.


miller said...

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

yes, the harvest is ripe... pray for workers!


Jean said...

Troy, I can't think of a better place to be than praying at 11:15 tomorrow evening under the Harvest moon for His Kingdom.


Becky said...

Don't forget a flashlight--keeps the bats away! Oh, and bugspray might be good too. :-)

troy. said...

Thanks for the encouragement!!

Jean said...

Troy, Trust your evening went well! The moon was beautiful and what a reminder of the reflection of God's love towards us and the harvest that is ripe.


Anonymous said...

I say, "let your light so shine" that we don't even need the moon.