The Dawn and the Sunset Shout for Joy


Photo by Faith Hill

They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.  

– Psalm 65:8. NASV

I was reminded today of what was happening one year ago. I was hospitalized with viral meningitis, and was wondering what might happen next. I was placed on dialysis that week, an event that changed my life in a variety of ways. As one would expect, I felt despondent during that uncertain time.

Today, I am not uncertain. In fact, I am very certain of God’s presence and protection. Today, I am standing in awe of God’s world and the rising and setting of the sun. No matter what hardship life may bring, we can count on the rising and setting of the sun. It marks our days. It brings nature’s beauty to our attention. It helps us forget, even for a moment, those situations that so beset us. It minimizes the troubles that scar our spirit. It reminds us every day that God’s mercy is eternal and that God’s grace is given to us as a gift.

With the dawn and the sunset, may we shout for joy in praise to a gracious God.

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