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In the Shadow of the Almighty

October 27, 2015 by

Photograph of the planet Venus

Back in July I wrote about the planets Venus and Jupiter meeting in the western sky at sunset. Yesterday morning (October 26), in the eastern United States, Jupiter and Venus were very close together in the eastern sky in the hour before dawn light. Their beauty took my breath away. In the next few days these planets will dance around each other. If you have a clear sky, don’t miss looking east at 4:30–5:30 a.m. Your day will begin with great joy! (Astronomy Now and Sky and Telescope can help you locate the conjunction in the sky.)

I believe God is placing His thoughts into our hearts in these days: on the morning of October 23 it rained heavily in our hilly area of Pennsylvania near the Maryland and West Virginia state lines. It was cloudy until 5:00 a.m. Suddenly the sky was swept clear. I went outside. Looking eastward there was no hint of dawn yet on the horizon. In the darkness, I marvelled at the position of the three close planets: Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. They were in perfect symmetry, with Mars and Venus equidistant from Jupiter. But they were not in a straight line; their pattern was slightly curved. They gave the impression of a sheltering angel’s wing.

The window of clear sky only lasted a half hour, during which I watched two shooting stars fall. One pierced the darkness directly over the dazzling brilliance of Venus. For many believers, Venus is “the morning star.” Jesus told us to think of him when we see the morning star rise because it heralds the dawn of a new time on earth.

The other shooting star blazed across the stars of Orion’s sword. It was as if the mighty hunter had drawn his sword to proclaim justice for all God’s children.

Dawn came. Again our hills were shrouded in mist. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. . . . He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge. . .” (Psalm 91:1, 4).

Photograph: Venus. Image processing by R. Nunes,

EarthSky has a nice image of the conjunction taken from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and The Telegraph has one taken from northern England.


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John Henry Menz

John Henry Menz

John is an amateur astronomer, photographer, and gardener who is currently living in Beech Grove, a Bruderhof in England...

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