|September 28, 2021, sunrise|
Sometimes, it feels like God is trying to send a message on a direct line straight to you. For me, it happens when the same themes keep coming up in different contexts.
It started with one of my daily email devotionals from The Upper Room:
What I have come to see is that there is nothing more important to human beings than hope. Certainly in our own day, many people live without explicitly religious faith. And evidence of loveless lives is tragically abundant. But people usually do not survive long without hope. They cannot, because hope is the very heart of a human being.
When has hope sustained you?
the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that
you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13 (NRSV)
The "HOPE" theme has continued with spectacular sunrises and sunsets this fall. The latest one was just last evening. Since our house is tucked into trees all around, it's always "by guess and by gosh" moment when I look out the front door and contemplate whether it's worth driving down the road for an unobstructed view.
Last night, it was definitely worth the effort. (I should have been a little quicker because the unique light that made it look like the sky was on fire only lasted for a few minutes.)
Just last week, I saw a Facebook post with a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. I don't remember which friend posted it, but I saved it and looked up the source (Collected Poems and Translations):
And seeing a spectacular sunset reminds me that we've made it through another day - despite interruptions, breakdowns, personnel issues ... whatever the day had in store.
|September 29, 2021, sunset|
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.