On December 24th, 1968, Apollo 8 made its final pass around the moon and the crew, in turn, sent home this Christmas message:
In the beginning God …
As well as this awesome Christmas message, Apollo 8 also gave the world the most influential environmental photograph ever taken. It was called “Earthrise”.
Looking at the Earth, the miracle of it all is the one who created this beautiful blue planet came to us as a baby.
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, described Jesus as
“the rising sun come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
– Zechariah’s Song, paraphrased from Luke 1:76-69
May his light shine on you this Christmas.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. Malachi 4:2 (NIV)
Happy Christmas to all of you on this good Earth.