I have a friend in Oregon. He and his wife were prepared and ready to witness the total eclipse of the sun. Camera in hand, he recorded the eclipse at the lighthouse at Yaquina Bay on the coast of Oregon. One of the first places the eclipse was seen in the United States on August 21, 2017. This momentous event traveled cross our wonderful and amazingly beautiful country. It reached my hometown and state making its dazzling sight visible to so many here in the heart of the South. I was linked in time … during the course of one day … my friend and I were linked by an event bigger than all who witnessed it. Someday I hope to travel and see his lovely state. Until then, we remain friends on opposite coasts.
Now to the event itself. I will never forget this day. My sister-in-law invited my husband and me to a celebration luncheon complete with MOONpies for dessert. Moonpies are graham cracker rounds with marshmallow in the center and the whole deliciously sweet sandwich dipped in chocolate. A favorite treat here in the South that used to be paired frequently with an RC Cola soft drink. Ahhhh … delicious it is !!
The party atmosphere, the hot dogs and hamburgers and potato chips and slaw added their taste sensations to the anticipation of the gathered crowd. Laughter traveled though the room filled with families with children, young marrieds, old marrieds, and singles who joined as one in pursuit of the perfect viewing. As if called by an audible signal, the plates began stacking up in the trash; group by group followed one another to their pre-planned viewing area around the building and surrounding parking lot. It was hot; we had lawn chairs we set up under the only shade nearby on a patch of soft grass. We knew we had the best and most comfortable vantage point. We waited.
Talking and joking mixed with moments of reports that the eclipse had started and was advancing. I could barely contain myself, and after a beer and a small glass of champagne, the heat added to my giddiness. Proclaiming myself as the reporter, I kept up as the moon began to take bites out of the sun; that indeed was what it looked like to me; that the moon was eating up the sun bite by bite.
The time passed slowly, yet no one seemed to mind. We were there for the duration. No one even dreamed of calling it a day and returning home. Finally we sensed the amount of light surrounding us was lessening. The sun appeared as if it were a crescent moon. The tension mounted; it was tangible; we all were looking up now. eyes protected by certified glasses made especially for the occasion. Twilight loomed; at least it seemed an eerie twilight; lights from inside nearby buildings could be seen as if it were night; oohs and ahhhs could be heard and then it happened. As if in voices broken from a trance-like state, hoops and hollers, as we say in the South, began to ring out; I found myself joining in with ecstatic enthusiasm, not withstanding the beer and champagne cocktail imbibed earlier. Totality was upon us; off came the glasses; darkness reigned; the moon completely covered the sun for about two minutes; then breaking free, the diamond ring appeared; I didn’t miss it; my eyes were taking it all in; my mind left my body behind; I became a part of something so much bigger than myself.
Dear Lord, can there be anyone who saw the totality of the eclipse, doubt that You, Lord, are indeed Master Designer, I AM, who was, and is, and will forever be Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth; and as it states in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Yes, I believe in the Totality of You, My Lord.
“I Believe” was written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953.
a half-conscious state, seemingly between sleeping and waking, in which ability to function voluntarily may be suspended : a sleep-like altered state of consciousness