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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 4, 2020

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SUNDAY, October 4                           18 Pentecost

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Sunsets in the desert can be spectacular. The sun emits colors across the spectrum; the different wavelengths of those colors make the sky appear blue during the day. As the sun sets, warmer shades of gold, orange, and red fill the horizon. The particular kind of light present at sunset and sunrise is highly prized by photographers like me who appreciate the golden glow.

It turns out that particle-heavy air (moisture or pollution) dilutes the vividness of the sunset’s colors. This might be why modern city dwellers seldom see the heavens proclaiming the glory of God in the way the ancient children of Israel did. The dry, desert air made for stunning sunsets.

Our spiritual ancestors celebrated those sunsets as evidence of God’s handiwork. If the fleeting sunset is such brilliant evidence of God’s glory, how much more is the enduring beauty of a stone, a tree, or a human being?

MOVING FORWARD: Take a picture of something beautiful today and share it with a friend tomorrow.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ahoada (Nigeria)

Ps 19 or Ps 80:7-14 | Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20 or Isaiah 5:1-7 | Philippians 3:4b-14 | Matthew 21:33-46

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