Eclipse is sign of God’s eternal power, divine nature

I’ve anticipated this eclipse since my first in 1979. The strangeness of the Moon’s black disc enveloped in the corona’s beautiful strands and the weird light rippling across the ground are indelibly engraved in my memory.

I understand why people travel to see this marvelous, rare sight. Eclipses usually occur once or twice a year somewhere on the earth, and about half of them are annular, where a ring of the sun shows around the moon and the glorious corona cannot appear.

A total eclipse can only occur when the Moon perfectly obscures the Sun from us because its size and distance are just right. If the Moon were a wee bit smaller or farther away, we would only have annular and partial eclipses but never have the complete, incredible show of totality. This precision argues against mere coincidence or random luck.

Genesis says “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years ...”

I understand the part about day and night, seasons and years. What’s this about signs? God gives “signs” pointing us to Himself, and in the wonder and beauty of an eclipse, God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen. The transcendent awe we feel is meant to draw us into obedience to our Creator and to His Son, Jesus Christ, through whom He made and sustained the universe.

Randy A. Alanko, M.D.

Physician, Baker City

Civil War is over, so why do you fly the Confederate flag?

For those confederate-flag-flying guys: why? What does that mean to you? Are you showing your deep-seated connection to the South, or are you displaying your deep-seated hate?

Please, I would like to hear your side. I am curious why you cling to this symbol that has come to only mean hate and divisiveness.

Give me a call (541-519-8802) and let’s have a cup of coffee. I truly want to understand.

Mae Corwin

Baker City