Do you know what was the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten?
There is a little known "first" which took place on the moon when men first landed with the Apollo 11 space mission. Buzz Aldrin had brought in his preference kit, a personal communion set given to him by his pastor. Upon landing in the Eagle on the moon's surface, he radioed back to Houston, requesting a few moments of silence.
"In the radio blackout," he later wrote, "I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the 1/6 gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, 'I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.' Eagle's metal body creaked." He went on to explain how he partook of the bread, and then drank from the cup.
Finally, he related, "I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility."
Buzz Aldrin's intention was to read the communion Scripture, transmitting it back to earth, but at the last minute he was not allowed to do so. NASA was already embroiled in a legal matter with Madelyn Murray O'Hare over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas, and they wanted to prevent more problems. Such a shame.
This marvelous incident of acknowleding God's presence on the moon is something I often relate to children, especially when teaching the omnipresence of God.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon. It would be a good time to acquaint your friends with this historical "first!"