Sky Sights

August 19th, 2010 Posted in writing

I missed seeing the Perseids this year. That’s the name of the meteor shower which happens every August. Last week it was too cloudy, so I couldn’t see it; but there will be many clear nights for sky-watching before August comes around again.

The ancients watched the night sky because they believed things there revealed things about the earth below, predicting events like changes in rulers, dynasties, and the fortunes of nations. Now, we have experts, pollsters, and talk show personalities to do that. No one in our technological culture looks at the night sky anymore for signs of things to come.

I don’t look to the heavens for portents, nor do I listen to pollsters and talk show personalities, for that matter. But I still look up at the night sky because the Bible is correct when it says, “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”

Besides, I can also see the most remarkable things there — like meteors and, if I look hard, I find a lady sitting in a chair, a swan, a mighty hunter, a scorpion, a ram, a ladle, and not one but two bears!

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