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Friday, September 10, 2010

Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Acadia National Park, Maine

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"The First Gleam Of Dawn"

"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day" (Proverbs 4:18). 

Yesterday I shared a photo of a sunrise over Chesapeake Bay. I like sunrise and sunset photos although I find them hard to take. I tend to take more sunset photos since, due to the layout of our property, we don't see a dramatic sunrise because of the treeline behind our home. However we often share sunset photos from our home which faces a farm field with an old stone farmhouse and silo in the distant background.

Several years ago we were on vacation in Acadia National Park and drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain which offers a stunning panoramic view. That was also during a point in my life when I was foolhardy enough to ride my bike on the winding road leading down the mountain as a rather perturbed Brooksyne followed me at nearly 50 miles an hour at points. Many consider the view of a sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain to be the point where "the first gleam of dawn" is visible in the United States.

Today's text is from the Proverbs. I still recall a Bible College definition of a proverb being a "short pithy saying."  Now "pithy" is a not a word I ever recall using apart from this description, but it is in the Microsoft Office dictionary system with synonyms such as "terse, to the point, succinct."

"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Isn't that a descriptive verse? It's both an observation and a promise from God's Word.  The first gleam of dawn is the foretaste of the day's coming brightness. Although faint it progressively brightens, "shining ever brighter till the full light of day."

There are two other Bible verses that seem to have a similar sense.  2 Peter 1:19 reads, "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." 1 John 2:8 states, "Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in Him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining."

Consider the expression "the light at the end of the tunnel." As we journey through life we can experience times of intense darkness, particularly during a personal trial. Sometimes the light at the end is very hard to see and is very faint. But as followers of the one true God we are on the "path of the righteous." The world is spiritually dark and we are moving toward the light, and we can be assured on the veracity of God's Word that "the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining."

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, as we walk in righteousness we also walk in light.  The world is full of darkness engulfed by the enemy's presence but we, by faith, keep our sight fixed on You the invisible One. We persevere and overcome as we look ahead to our eternal reward. There truly is a light at the end of this world's tunnel when the Son of God takes us by the hand and leads us to the Promised Land.  What a grand and glorious day that will be!  But until then we keep our eyes on You who shines ever brighter in a sin-sick world that is growing ever darker.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Lancaster County sunrise
A Lancaster County sunrise
(Photo by Doris High)

Jerel and Fran Book
Last night we had dinner at Gus' restaurant and sat next to our friends Jerel and Fran Book. It is Jerel's 70th birthday on Saturday and he is getting sung to by the servers and clapping right along!

Red & Elsie Garret
Red and Elsie Garret
Yesterday afternoon we went to Red Garret's funeral service near Harrisburg, PA. I mentioned Red last week. Red and his wife Elsie were a part of a church we served several years ago in an interim role.
He passed on to his reward last Saturday. Red was on a ship the USS Hornet (CV-8), during World War 2 that was sunk and he survived for seventeen days clinging to a piece of timber before he was rescued.

Amish boys on wagons
In the course of our travels throughout Lancaster County we see some interesting sights. On the way back from my fishing trip on Wednesday I saw these three Amish boys moving some siding material on their wagon train. They were probably helping their dad and learning the work ethic. I also saw a sight I  would have liked to share in a photo. An old order Mennonite team and wagon approached me, apparently headed to a field where they were cutting corn for silage. As I passed I saw a boy lying on a mattress on the wagon. I guess he was relaxing on the way to work!

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