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New Sunrise, New Mercies

For once, I woke up early. I hadn't planned on watching the sunrise, but it captured my attention immediately after opening my eyes. As the golden light emerged, I watched the soft blue-gray hues cascade into majestic rays of red and pink above the rooftops. Simple colors blended together, yet I found it beautifully complete. And despite the chilly winter temperatures, this sunrise brought tremendous warmth to the day and my thoughts.

Not only am I grateful to see the sun, but to me, a sunrise speaks volumes. It speaks of Him, a single Source of light that transforms the vast emptiness into something brilliant.

Every time the sun rises, it marks a new day - a new beginning. Faithfully, God has given us another day to live for Him, filled with His mercy. Each sunrise presents another chance for us to be a ray of light in His day. As we shine with the love of Jesus, we don't know how far our rays will extend or what colors will blend together, but the Lord knows. Our lives, blended together, are His palette to paint a majestic sunrise each day. A single Source that transforms the vast emptiness into something brilliant.

The hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness came immediately to mind (emphasis mine).

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Silently, I began to rejoice. He has given me, a poor sinner, another chance - another sunrise.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. -Psalm 8:1
And God so gently but firmly said, "I have given you another day, join the sunrise and proclaim My name in all the earth."

Amen. Now that is an encouraging way to start any day, being reminded of God’s mercies. Beautiful photo!

Praise the Lord! Thank you, Kristin, for the encouragement you are.

Thank you so much for the lovely description and the beautiful reminder! I was greatly blessed by this post.

On Monday, I had the same experience as I looked out of my bedroom window and saw the most beautiful display. I nearly cried. I hope you don't mind if I share what I wrote in my journal...

You meet me in the morning.
You spill your beauty across the sky.
Pink and purple sunrise is how you say, "Good Morning! Good morning, my love!"
You meet me in the morning.
I lift my soul for you to embrace.
Thank you Lord - a new day to love you and seek your face.
You meet me in the morning.
What will I learn about you today?
Will I fall in love again -- in awe of your infinite grace?
You meet me in the morning.
I lose myself in all that you are.
These sweet and sacred mornings remind me of whom I live for.

Thank you for sharing part of your journal entry Melissa. I love what you wrote!

"He has given me, a poor sinner, another chance - another sunrise."

Kristin, you've succinctly encapsulated the miracle we each experience everyday: that God would grace us with another day to breathe, to praise, to glorify Him.

Sunrise is just that: another chance. Hope.

God ministers to others through your words, Kristin. I wish I had been as wise at your age. My humble gratitude....

All is grace,
Ann

That picture, and your post, are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

In Christ,
Kathleen

I came across your lovely photo by Googling sunrise images and I wonder if I may have your permission to use it on a parish leaflet promoting a parish mission. If your answer is negative, please let me know by emailing me at jboyle@stsimon.org.uk.

Thanks for your blog. Great to see young Christian women convinced of their faith in Christ and desiring to promote good Christian womanhood. God bless you.

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