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Shining Moments

Are you facing towards the sunrise or the sunset?

Are you focusing on the past or on the future?

Does it even matter?


    it matters greatly which direction you are facing.

I, for one, enjoy watching a beautiful sunset

   when the sky becomes an artist’s passion

   as the sun slowly sinks low beneath the horizon.

Sunsets also refer to endings in life.

A time that used to be.

A life that has passed on before us.

Sunrise however is a new beginning.

A time of birth

     and hope

         and new life.

With the passing of time I have gained

   A treasure store of shining moments from the past.

God uses those gifts to brighten my moments today.

It would be all too easy to keep facing the sunset.

To keep remembering as I gaze at the darkened sky.

Doing so might easily lead to sadness and depression.


   with just a simple turn

       I can face towards the sunrise.

      and watch and wait for the beautiful shining of a new day.

As I choose to face the sunrise

    my heart beats with excitement and anticipation.

A new day.

A bright beginning.

Laughter and love and hope.

Spirits uplifted.

Renewed energy and enthusiasm for life.

Sunsets or sunrises.

Both are part of life

   but what matters is the direction our life is facing.

It all begins with a decision

 to focus on the joys to come

 to look with expectancy at tomorrow

 to embrace the wonder of life in all its fullness.

Sunset or sunrise?

Your choice is more important than you might realize.


Shining Moments

We are surrounded with gifts but all too often they exist without our awareness.

Yes, please open my eyes, I pray every day.

Help me to see.

Help me to notice

      What might so easily be hidden from my view.

About a year ago my girls and I set the alarm very early.

We had all agreed that we wanted to see the sunrise.

But it was dark that morning when we tumbled out of bed and threw on our clothes.

It was beginning to grow light as I poured some hot coffee in the thermos and grabbed my keys.

Out the door we went while the world around us slept on.

We drove to a high place where you could look down on the town.

There we parked and waited.

   Over in the east we saw the slightest hint of the wonder to come.

With excitement our eyes were glued.

We waited.

We watched.

And then we all got out of the car and stood marveling at the ball of red as it peeked

over the horizon.

It was a glorious sight.

Just a little at first and within seconds the sun was fully in view

    Brightening the sky with its brilliance and color.

        Pinks, oranges and reds all around.

A fantastic display of God’s Glory.


We sleep through it most of the time.

Shining moments that pass us by.

But oh the joy when we intentionally look

              and purposefully see

     then we see more

for there is much  much more for us to see.

Yes, a lifetime is too short for us to even begin to skim the surface of the shining moments all around us.

Just for today

   let’s look

Just for today

   let’s see

While the world sleeps on let’s arouse ourselves and open our eyes.

   To the thousands upon thousands of shining moments all around.