I was born in 1970 almost a year after the moon landing. Everyone has seen pictures or even video of this historic event and I believe the magnitude of this moment in history is lost on those of us who did not witness the event as it occurred. I believe this because my dad and uncle always spoke about this event with a passion you can only have as one who was there.
A story has emerged out of this watershed moment, the story comes directly from Buzz Aldrin. An elder in a Presbyterian Church in Houston, Aldrin wanted to mark the occasion as a tribute to God, the Creator, and as a blessing for the rest of the world. (You can look this up in Aldrin’s book, “Magnificent Desolation”.) After consulting his minister, he decided the sacrament of Communion would be the most appropriate. Don’t ask me how this worked in one-sixth gravity, but I am sure it was interesting.
During a break in the transmission and conversation with the rest of the U.S., Aldrin took out the bread and the wine. He received the meal Jesus had given us two thousand years prior, when I am sure no one could have possibly imagined space travel.
Aldrin read the words of Jesus, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) He also read Psalm 8: “You have set your glory in the heavens . . . When I consider the heavens, the words of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place. Who are we that you are mindful of us, human beings that you care for us?”
The first food ever consumed on the moon the bread. The first liquid, wine. In Aldrin’s own words: “It’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the ‘Love that moves the Sun and other stars.’”
We all have moments in our lives that are sacred, have you thought about how you will respond? Will you make them honoring to God or yourself?
I can’t think of a better way than; Bread and wine, and a thankful heart.
Like the prophet Jonah, Aldrin and Armstrong learned what he already knew, there’s nowhere in creation that you can go that God isn’t, not even the moon.