Written by: Rhonda Nisbett Pierre, Public Health Liason at myLIFEspeaks
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“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” - Psalm 113:3
Some people rise early for the sunrise and some people wait for sunset. Looking at photos, you often wouldn’t know the difference if you didn’t know the direction or the time of day as they mirror each other in the sky. They are both beautiful and a daily event. We tend to look at one as the beginning and the other as the ending. One gives us hope for the new day and one gives us time to reflect and put the day to rest.
It’s a cycle that has continued since God created the Earth and created light and dark, and placed the sun and moon in the sky. In Genesis 1 it says after each time span of work, “there was evening, and there was morning.” With every new morning, God worked again on His creation. A sunset is a marker of the day passing at which it is time to put things to rest.
To me, sunrise and sunsets are both beautiful but I am drawn to the sunset. Partially, maybe because I’m not an early riser, but it sure is a reward for those that are up early. I find at sunset I have time to sit, watch, reflect, and rest in the glow of the sun and the myriad of colors as they reach across the sky. Each evening is different, yet each evening is the same progression as the sun sends out its last moments of glory before laying its head down in rest.
In Creole, the sunset is called “solèy kouche”. The literal translation is "the sun lays down". And that is what it does. It lays its golden firey head down, shakes out its multi-colored blanket, and cloaks the sky in a tapestry of color before it finally settles to darkness. I find my mind turns to wonder and awe at the show as God paints the sky in colors and patterns.
My spirit is full of praise and joy in the beauty of the Master’s painting before me and my soul finds peace no matter the difficulty or heartache of the day. I let my heart release the tensions accumulated and my head empty of all but His glory that is displayed before me. I am able to have a clear conscious in order to prepare for restful and peaceful sleep to refresh for the next day's dawn. To start anew and fresh.