Sunrise has always been special to me dating back to those "Summers at Old Nags Head" many years ago. I made it a habit of rising early and running down to the beach in the dawning light to see the sunrise, the glorious sunrise as it rose from the depths of the ocean to bring light and warmth to the world. The morning light made me feel very close to God and that carried forth as I continued to grow. I remember as a teen attending the Easter sunrise service at Fort Monroe where the sun rising over the harbor was so inspiring. Then in college, the sunrise over the dark Arizona mountains, turning them to gray as it slowly rose told me all was well and that He was clearly in charge of my life. Even today, living on a small farm in Florida, the sun peeking through and then rising majestically above the piney woods still sends a shiver down my back, a feeling that recognizes just how powerful He who created us, the sun and all things truly is.
Admit it or not, but after a long and dark night, we all look forward to the sun's rising again like clockwork. There's something about the warming light that takes away fears, aches and pains and the starkness that is darkness with the glory of light which allows us to see all the beauty surrounding us. It is comforting and it is wonderful and even the biggest skeptic, despite what might be said, seeks light out of darkness in those times of concern and worry. So, with that in mind, doesn't it make sense to listen to the One who created it and who, in his magnanimous gift to us all, gave His only Son up on the Cross so that we might have the opportunity to live forever? If it does, choose God's unending love and follow what the Lord's Cross means to us. It bring light, warmth and life everlasting and that is certainly better than darkness.