Giving Thanks Where Thanks Are Due!

I received the following forwarded email from one of our good Creationist friends who used to work at NASA.  Many times there is a lot of bogus information in forwarded emails, but this is reputed even by Snopes to be genuine. What I would like to add with this, is that the communion “service” mentioned is just a taste of what we should be doing daily – communing regularly with our Creator – the One who not only created the moon, but the whole Heavens and Earth! He is also our God, Who wants to commune with us!

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the first lunar landing.  In 1969, July 20 was a Sunday.

After safing the Lunar Module following touchdown, and making sure that all systems were ready for an emergency liftoff, the crew activity plan called   for a couple of hours of rest before Neil Armstrong would become the first man to walk on the moon.  Early in this “rest period” something happened that is not widely known.  Buzz Aldrin was an Elder in the Webster Presbyterian Church near the Johnson Space  Center.  As part of his personal gear Buzz had packed a small communion service.  Aldrin informed Mission   Control that he wanted a few minutes of radio silence.  During this time Buzz read John 15:5, “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,” then he ate a communion wafer and drank a small cup of wine.  Neil did not participate but maintained a respectful silence.  Thus the first food consumed on the surface of the moon was a communion service.

The event was low-key and done during a communication blackout because NASA was being sued by Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair over the earlier Apollo 8 reading of Genesis 1 by Frank Borman on Christmas Eve, when the Command and Service Module made the first circumnavigation (went around the moon) prior to its return to earth.

Buzz may have draw his inspiration from Christopher Columbus, who celebrated his discovery of the new world by taking communion.
For more information, you check out Snopes on the subject  and also an article from USA Today.

Dave Nutting

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2 Comments on "Giving Thanks Where Thanks Are Due!"

  1. Anthony Magnabosco says:

    Moral of the story, akin to Matthew 5-15, when you pray, do so when others are not around:

    “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”

    P.S. There is no place for prayer or religion during government funded-activities or on government property, as specified in the US Constitution and supported time and time again by our US Supreme Court.

    • It is interesting that at the meetings of the Constitutional Convention, and currently at most congressional openings, they were always started with prayer. They seem to have missed your P.S. I think you may have a misunderstanding of the development, intentions, and content of the Constitution. It is ironic that John Adams stated, ““Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

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