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Lights in the Sky

Southwest Kansas skies are breathtaking. Day or night, beauty can easily be discovered by gazing up or out across the plains to the horizon. Morning sunrise to evening sunset display color hues that will never be found in a crayon box or mixed on painter’s canvas. However, let’s not overlook the night sky.

The vast night sky above the prairies twinkle brightly with stars galore. This may be hard to envision for the person who has always lived in the city where high rise buildings block the view, and street lights out shine all those heavenly beams. Oh! We must not forget the moon.  The changing moon stages from just a skinny sliver to full moon circle, and pasty white to every shade and brightness of orange is a sight to behold.

This first full week of 2015, the moon was big, round, full, and bright. In fact, it was bright enough to wake me two nights in a row when it shone in my bedroom window. One early morning I was a bit confused. Out the west window an oversize ball of orange was peeking through the trees.  In my half asleep fog, I first thought it was the sun, but the sky was black all around.  I realized this beauty was Moon, and Sun was barely beginning to streak the eastern horizon.

Some worship the beauty and awe in the sky. However, as mesmerizing as it is, this ever changing sky causes me to worship the creator.

Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.  Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:14-18 NLT

You may not be in southwest Kansas, but I hope you have opportunity today to look up and marvel at God’s beautiful handiwork in the sky.

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On the Horizon

Sunrise
Beautiful array of colors melting into one another.
Muted purples- amethyst, magenta, periwinkle
Pastel pinks- roseate, blush, coral
Creamy yellows- canary, blond, primrose
Spilling into radiant oranges- tangerine, apricot, bittersweet
Vibrant starburst pierces pallet sending rays through the sky
Causing thousands of tiny sparkly sunbeams to happy dance in my car.

And my heart begins to sing the old hymn “For The Beauty of the Earth” by Folliott S. Pierpoint.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful praise.

As my horizons broaden throughout the day the canvas takes knew form.

Boys and girls, little tykes
Wiggles, Squiggles, Restlessness
Ready to be up from desk
Brown hair, curled hair, newly buzzed hair too
Brown eyes, green eyes,  and baby blues
Ornery twinkle, mischievous smile, angelic faces
Laughter and unexpected hugs
Rays of sunshine warm my soul.

And my heart continues to sing the old hymn.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful praise.

As my day draws to close, the horizon is transformed yet again.

Sunset
Beauteous coloration wash the boundary where land meets sky
And darkness prepares to engulf
Silhouettes- windmill, cows and gnarly tree
And night becomes alive
Dashing coyote, scampering bunny, swooping great horned owl
Midnight blue, deep smokey purple and a wisp of orange
The sinking, setting sun

And I continue to sing.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful  praise.