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The Rising Sun and its Effects

In the early summer mornings, I love to watch the effects of the sun’s rising from my screened-in porch. Ever so slowly, the thick wooded tree-line in the back of our house is touched by the sun that is climbing over the hill in the front of our house. So as the sun rises in the east, the trees become “full of light” from their top branches to their bottom trunks in the west.  This majestic display of God’s splendor will always be new every morning to me.

 One night however, my Italian “daughter” Jewels and my youngest daughter Emmy urged me to wake them up early so they could see the actual sunrise from the front porch. (This would be Jewels’ last morning with us before returning to Italy, so we were all quite nostalgic and sad about her departure from her 9-month-stay in our home). So together, we woke, we waited, and we watched…

All I can say is that the rising spectacle was gloroius. The sun came over the hill first as a small ball of penetrating fire, but then it began to blaze in its radiance as it rose in steadfast power. The beams of light warmly pierced the three of us as we each sat there in awe. Holy, holy, holy.

The rising sun and its effects on the treeline speak wisdom to our hearts. Hear these words from Scripture about Jesus Christ:

…His face was like the sun shining in its strength.  Revelation 1:16

And listen to these words about His penetrating light on each of us:

Awake sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.  Ephesians 5:14

My dear friend, I urge you to allow the glory of the Lord that is new every morning to shine on your heart today. And then as a result of His power, take courage that you become full of His light. Yes, you are the beautiful “effect” of the Son’s rising. Rejoice in this truth as you claim it as your own:

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah 6:3