Daily Archives: October 14, 2003

Sunrise to Sunset

The sun is just coming up reflecting gold on the leaves and grass.  The moment will be short lived. Just long enough for the sun to rise over the horizon and the low clouds.  It’s too bad that my kids and maybe kids everywhere aren’t up to see the beauty right now.  Do they notice it?  Or are they too busy with the stuff in their lives to take time to see the beauty God has created around them?

As I write the golden few moments of the sunrise have changed into the light of day – less golden but making everything more clear in general.  I think I like the moment of sunrise best, fleeting as it is.  We need the brighter light of day to get stuff done, but the really glorious moments of sunrise and sunset showcase the beauty of the earth and sky.

We have those moments in our lives that we showcase too – the births and the deaths.  Yet they are just that – moments.  We celebrate them with great joy or great sorrow.  Yet in between there is the long stretch of plainness that makes up most of our lives.  We need to learn to live through these dull periods of life searching out the beauty that is there – there but not highlighted.  We need to take the in between moments and create beauty out of them too.

Maybe learning to see the beauty in life is one of the gifts we need to learn to pass on to our children.  We pass on the cynicism and complaining easily enough.  We take great pains to pass on the need to make a living but we don’t teach how to take what they are given and make the living happen.  Because real living involves seeing our world and our lives as things which God has created for his glory.

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Psalm 19

 

Psalm 19
1    The heavens tell of the glory of God.
        The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.
2
    Day after day they continue to speak;
        night after night they make him known.
3
    They speak without a sound or a word;
        their voice is silent in the skies;

4    yet their message has gone out to all the earth,
        and their words to all the world.
    The sun lives in the heavens
        where God placed it.
5
    It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom
        after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete
        eager to run the race.
6
    The sun rises at one end of the heavens
        and follows its course to the other end.
        Nothing can hide from its heat.
7
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
        reviving the soul.
    The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy,
        making wise the simple.
8
    The commandments of the LORD are right,
        bringing joy to the heart.
    The commands of the LORD are clear,
        giving insight to life.
9
    Reverence for the LORD is pure,
        lasting forever.
    The laws of the LORD are true;
        each one is fair.
10
    They are more desirable than gold,
        even the finest gold.
    They are sweeter than honey,
        even honey dripping from the comb.
11
    They are a warning to those who hear them;
        there is great reward for those who obey them.
12
    How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
        Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13
    Keep me from deliberate sins!
        Don’t let them control me.
    Then I will be free of guilt
        and innocent of great sin.
14
    May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
        be pleasing to you,
        O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 This Psalm was part of my daily readings for yesterday.  And the day fit the psalm.

As I have been thinking about it, I can picture David on a day as he describes in the psalm, maybe with the hot sun in the sky, sitting somewhere contemplating God in the midst of the nature all around him.  Sort of like I was doing while I was out walking yesterday.  God’s majesty is easy to see in nature some days.

Then I think David is brought back to his relationship with the Creator, his God.  The God that knows him and what he is really like, and David knows he needs to constantly seek forgiveness and he needs God’s presence to keep him from his sins – both the unwilled and the willed ones  – just like we do.

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