The above picture is called “Pillars of Creation.” It is found in the Eagle Nebula. As the caption says, the pillars shown are nearly 5 LIGHT years high. As I did some research, I found the Eagle Nebula is 70 by 55 light years big.
This year, one of our Wesleyan pastors wrote an Advent devotional series called Arrival. During each day of Advent and Christmas, there are various hash tag prompts. Pam and I have been selecting pictures – sometimes stock photos – sometimes our own – that match the selected hashtag. Today’s hashtag was #birth. As I was searching for ideas for birth, I came across pictures for the birth of stars. That led to search the term on the NASA website, which is where I came across the above picture.
The Eagle Nebula is a star creator of sorts. There are many stars being born in the mass of gasses that you see there. In Genesis 1, we hear that God spoke light into existence and creation continues to follow His commands. There is a great song that was released this last year So Will I (100 Billion X). The song describes how God did that and then how much he cared for us.
We have been posting these pictures on Facebook and Instagram. I would encourage you to check-out #adventarrival on those social media platforms.