Sunrise tenacity

Time is marked by sunrise and the sunset. Sir Bernard Williams, an English moral philosopher wrote, “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Williams also said, “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” How on earth can anyone doubt the unmistakable signature of God in a scene such as this?

Sunrise Spring 2016

In a world gone wrong, in the presence of unspeakable evil and atrocious acts of violence, how can anyone doubt that good will prevail, that righteousness will overcome, and that our heavenly father will reward those who love, who have hope, who keep the faith? Easy. It’s hard to see the forest through the trees. It’s hard to remove the board from in front of our eyes. And it’s easier to indulge in the bad than fight against sin to be good. But we must.

With each sunrise we must prevail.

We must soldier on and fight the good fight. We must be a source of vibrant light in a dark and doomsday-driven world. It’s our job. It’s our purpose. It’s the reason we were created — to love and be loved. We must show love to our neighbors, our enemies and weary wanderers. And we must cling to the scraps of hope that blaze across our skies and weave a tapestry of peace and harmony in each day.

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. ~ Psalm 37:1-13

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