Full Moon Silhouettes

Two of my dear friends from the amazing nation of New Zealand posted this on their Facebook profiles today. To be entirely honest, I don’t know exactly what it “means.” What I do know is, it’s beautiful, and peaceful, and it kind of makes me want to cry for some reason.

In more honesty, I watched this video because I wanted to write on my blog today and had no idea about what to write. I figured a video featuring the moon would hold some inspiration, and amazingly enough, it did.

I want this blog to hold my thoughts and dreams, but more than that, I want my writing to inspire, lead, encourage, and comfort others. Yes, writing parts of my story can help people in that, but I don’t want it to be all about “me” in that. Instead, I want this blog to give back to those who have given me so much, who have given me love and support and encouragement in so many ways.

So in this time, I want to say thank you, and here is how this little film inspired me to do this.

The light that the moon gives off is merely a reflection of the sun’s light reflecting off of the moon (or something like that. I’m sure there’s a more scientific way to explain this, but science is not my thing. Not because I don’t respect or “believe” science, but because I equate it with math in things that simply baffle me).

So essentially, the people in this film are illuminated because the sun illuminated the moon. The moon needs the sun’s light in order to give us light in the night. In the same way, I believe that in order for each and every one of us to shine light and love on others, we must first have light and love shone on us.

It’s the reason that the “receive love” on our RISE T-shirts comes before the “give love.” You cannot give of what you do not have.

So here’s a shout out to some of the brightest suns in my life, who have shone their light on me so that I may shine it in return:

Mommy: From day one, you have shone strength, sacrifice, love, and support. I would not be the woman I am today without you, and I am so thankful for your example.

Dad: Having you back in my life, hearing your stories, and seeing how much you are a part of me has opened my world to more than I could ever imagine.

Layan, Razan, and Sami: I always dreamed of being a big sister. And while I don’t see you as often as I’d like, you have taught me the joy of being both a doting friend and an obnoxious prankster.

Gammy: Your love, whimsy, and wisdom have carried me through the darkest and most joyful of times.

My aunts, uncles, and cousins: You have always bee there when I have fallen, either because you knocked me down for a laugh or because I had fallen and couldn’t get up. Either way, you were always there to love and support me, and with lots of laughs and great memories!

Bryce: You have believed in me even when I would not believe in myself. And you have stayed when I have wanted to run.

My dearest and most loyal friends: You have been there with me through tears of laughter and tears of pain. And you have taught me so much about life and love and living through it all.

RISE Faith Community: You have illuminated in me the leader I always dreamed of being but never dared to try to be before.

My past faith communities: You have shown me love and The Source of Love always, and even when I couldn’t receive Him, you still modeled Him for me.

My Little Sister Laney and my Sister2Sister girls: You have opened my eyes and arms to loving and embracing you for who you are and as you are, and in doing so, you have helped me to embrace myself for who I am and as I am.

My S2S mentors: You have shown me the joy involved in making new friendships and how important persistence and consistency is in all things.

My friends from various trips, workplace experiences, and foreign visits: You have taught me the importance of working together, being with and for each other, and seeing things in new and beautiful ways.

To all of you and so many more, in the immortal words of Anne Lammott…

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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