Capturing the final sunset of 2020 may go much like the rest of the year has gone. It will likely be a bust.
It's supposed to be overcast tonight, with another winter storm on the horizon in Kansas. So my tradition of taking a photo of the final sunset of the year and the first sunrise of the New Year may not be very compelling.
Awhile back, I saved a daily email devotional that grabbed my attention and set it aside to consider again. It was from Beth Richardson, a familiar name on my Upper Room devotionals. In her introduction, Richardson wrote:
As I re-read her words, I thought it was the perfect way for me to usher 2020 firmly out the door and welcome 2021 with new hope - even in the midst of a global pandemic. It's a reminder to consider God's creation as a gift, and to be thankful.
I took this photo of ripples, and it ultimately led me on a search for quotes to go with it. I found a couple I particularly like:
From The World According to Mr. Rogers:
And from Mother Teresa:
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
It's something to remember as I turn the calendar page to a new year.
I've illustrated Richardson's words with sunset photos from my archives:
|Final sunset of 2017
Bless, O God, this tender evening,
The trees, branches raised in praise,
Bless, O God, this sacred moment,
The quiet pause between day and night,
The birds, flying to safety in bush or brush.
The colors of the sunset—
Orange to red to purple to black—
Creeping across the sky.
Bless, O God, this night to come.
The safety of shelter, the supper to nourish.
Bless, O God. Bless.
How could offering a blessing at sunset help you notice
God as the day closes?
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
—Psalm 113:3 (NRSV)
|Let's add a sunrise: October 21, 2020
Prayer for the Week (maybe I'll change it to Prayer for the Year)
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick)