St Giles men’s Group are having a meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday 13th October in the Woolvin Room. My curiosity is aroused because the poster shows a radio telescope array and a talk is promised by Mr Ken Hadley. No ladies of course. (Though Rosy Mouse might squeeze under the door)
When younger, oh so much younger than today, my littler sister and I would wait for the darkening skies of Autumn eagerly, we weren’t allowed to stay up late, and were learning to find our way around the constellations, dark skies before bedtime – we needed them. It’s true to say that Rosemarie caught the star-gazing virus from myself, I went on to own two telescopes and to pass exams, but where did I get my inspiration from.
There is a short answer.
From the Bible.
‘He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations if the south. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.’ (job 9: 9.10 N.I.V)
‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
Their words to the ends of the world.’ (Psalm 19: 1-4)
The glorious Pleiades, (image Wikipedia Commons).
Now I am older, Autumn Skies find me increasingly wondering about,
‘What no eye has seen,
What no ear has heard,
And what no human mind has conceived,
The things which God has prepared for those who love him’
(1 Corinthians 2:9)