Tonite will be a full moon ~ the harvest moon (the best known of all the moons).
It is the moon of song, poetry, and folklore. The herald of autumn and ripening fields.
Before farmers had mechanical pickers and electric lights, they relied on the light of the harvest moon t bring in their crops. Back then, most of the harvesting was done by hand. With everything ripening at nearly the same time, there was too much work to be done in the fields to stop at sundown. A bright full moon allowed farmers to work long into the night to reap the crops at peak harvest time. Many farmers said the moonlight gave them the equivalents of an extra day or two. (Charles Seabrook, Wild Georgia)
In East Asia, where my daughter is studying, it is a big deal. There, the harvest moon is celebrated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Traditionally on this day, family members and friends will gather to admire the bright moon and eat moon cakes under the moon together. Some other traditions include carrying brightly lit lanterns and collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family member.
"When the moon is full, mankind is one!" ~ Chinese proverb
When you look up at the full moon tonite (and any other full moon nite), pray for the world that God so loves ~ that "one mankind" ~ that they would KNOW the ONE TRUE GOD ~ the Creator, the Glory, the BRIGHT and redeeming LIGHT..
For us who have already had the immense and amazing privilege and honor of having His light shine in our hearts......SHINE for the harvest. Pray for the harvest. Pray for the laborers of the harvest...for the harvest is great, and the laborers are few.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a HARVEST if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
SHINE ON....for the harvest!!!