Full Moon Over Santorini


On January 23, 2016, the moon was full. I love this photograph of the full moon over Santorini. And I love that I know that the Santorini moon is the same moon I saw in Georgia. My relatives in Greece might have seen the Santorini moon, just as I saw the moon here. Lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn, the January full moon was stunningly beautiful.

I like to consider the moon as another grace gift from God, who desires that we enjoy the extravagant beauty of creation. There are forty references to the moon in Scripture, many of which declare the moon’s supernatural origin.

So many times when we are out at night, I make a comment like, “Look at that beautiful moon.” There is an ever-changing glory about the moon that enthralls us every time we notice it. The problem is that we don’t notice it often enough. I think I will make a covenant with the moon that prompts me to step outside and look for it.

Lots of people “wish upon a star.” I think I will spend more time looking for the moon in the night sky, making that a part of my contemplative time, standing in awe of its ethereal beauty, and maybe even making a few wishes and dreaming a few dreams.

I leave you with this quote by Tahereh Mafi.

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

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