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Spring of Life -
Ever since he was a kid, Yuji
Hyakutake has loved the stars. Now, in the world of
astronomy, he is one. With the comet he discovered two
months ago drawing near Earth, astronomers around the world
are fine-tuning their telescopes, cities throughout Japan
are dimming their lights and sky-watchers are getting a rare
show. Some astronomers believe this is the biggest comet to
pass so close to the earth since 1556.
The Comet is said to be as
much as 10 miles across and traveling at speed of 198,000
miles per hour. As it reached its nearest point to Earth --
just 9.5 million miles away Monday -- sky-watchers said it
had the brightness of Sirius, the brightest star in the
Its tail -- the real treat
-- is estimated to measure 62,000 miles.
To mark the event, nearly a
dozen cities around Japan are dimming their lights at night.
Even Tokyo Tower, one of the capital's most visible
landmarks, is turning off its light two hours earlier each
night until the comet passes.
But as bright and as big as
it is a very small, very thin layer of clouds can keep us
from seeing it. All of its brightness is on one side
and we are on the other side. I could not but think of the
glory and the brightness of Jesus and how easily it can be
obscured by our refusal tomake a complete surrender of self
to Him. He wants so very much to light up our lives and fill
us with grace that we might utilize our talents to grow and
be everything He ever planned for us - which is so much more
than we can plan for ourselves. Whatever we do we must not
allow anything to come between us and our savior.
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