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"The Beauty of the Sunset"

July 21, 2006

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He wraps Himself in light as with a garment. Psalm 104:2

On our evening drives in the country or to the lake we have opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the sunset. We feast our eyes on the gorgeous harmony of colors, see the mighty architecture of embattled clouds, and note the changing splendor of the western skies.

No two sunsets are alike; all are rapturously beautiful. Science has an explanation for this phenomenon of nature, but a Christian knows that behind the laws of nature is the omnipotent hand of God. His paints at sunset are absolutely perfect.

Our Lord is a Lord of beauty, and He desires that we worship Him in the beauty of holiness. Our lives should reflect the glory of His kindness, love, wisdom, and strength. From day to day we are to be changed into the image of Him who created us. For this purpose He has given us His Good News of salvation.

The beauty of the sunset lasts but a short time. However, it is repeated every day. How abundant is the goodness of our Lord of creation! The enchanting hues of the sunset are given by God for our enjoyment, and He never tires of lavishing beauty before our eyes.

The beauty of the Lord is reflected in the skies. He asks that His light also be reflected in our lives. We are to shine daily before others in abundant deeds of love so that they, seeing our good works, will glorify our Father who is in heaven.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, enable us by Your Spirit to shine for You; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 1-2, 10    Acts 16:22-40

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