Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
We’ve not known major natural catastrophe here in the northwest for many generations–our crises are mercifully small scale compared to what has happened elsewhere in the world. Blustery windstorms, flooding, the occasional drifting blizzard, spouting volcanoes, the rare minor earthquake.
Awaking to a glowing sunrise is encouragement after such an event. Clouds become a canvas backdrop on which a vivid palette is able to be painted–the same clouds that had created havoc, floods, power outages.
Then the sun rises above it all.
Startling, wondrous magnificence beyond imagination. Grace that brings us to our knees, especially when we are mired in trouble.
Drink deeply of this.
Hold it, savor it and know that to witness any sunrise is to see the face of God.