The sun faithfully rises and sets each day. We are blessed to see another day. Our experience of the sun rising and setting seems so simple and yet we know from science that is the Earth revolving around the sun and spinning on its axis, causing the daily appearance of the sun in the east and disappearance in the west. One biblical prophet, Hosea, writes: “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn” (Hosea 6:3 NRSV). Hosea invites us to persevere, to press, to seek, to know the Lord. Why? Because the Lord’s appearing is “as sure as the dawn.” God is as faithful, as trustworthy, as certain, as sure as the sunrise at the end of the night. This psalmist reminds us to sing praises to God at all times because “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NRSV).
In September, let us be thankful for God’s faithfulness, and God’s favor, as we notice and see the sunrise.