A Fear of Sunsets

How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
George MacDonald

In our modern world that never seems to rest, a sunrise can feel more daunting than a sunset.  We are unprepared for the day to start:
the ready-set-go of a sunrise can be overwhelming to a tired soul. 

There are mornings when the new light of dawn penetrates right through our closed eyelids, enough to wake the dead, if not the sleeping.  It cannot be ignored in its urgency to rouse us to action.

In contrast, the end of the day requires little preparation.  Sunsets signal a slowing-down unraveling of tension, a deep cleansing breath, a letting-go of the light for another night.  It eases over us, covering us like a comfortable quilt, tucking us in for the night with a kiss and hug and promise of sweet dreams.

The reason we do not fear the sunset is that we know it isn’t all there is.  The black nothingness of night would be petrifying if we didn’t understand and trust that the light will return, as startling as it may be in its brightness.   It is the rerunning cycle of the light and dark that reassures.   It is as it was created to be, over and over.

Let the sunset tuck us in.   Let the sunrise ready us for a new day. 

Let it end so it can begin again.


4 thoughts on “A Fear of Sunsets

  1. Thank you for this comforting reminder, Emily — that He is now and will always be in our sunrises and sunsets to assure us of His Presence and that He is in control….

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  2. Thank you April and Alice – two of my faithful daily readers. That helps me keep looking for what to say as the sun rises the next day! Blessings to you both, Emily

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  3. wonderful wordsmith emily….these last two posts have hit my nail right on MY head. the Father knew exactly what i needed. i always greatly enjoy your posts, but you hit the jackpot for me. His gift of inspiration to you, both in word and picture, have greatly blessed my life. may His blessing and grace continue to pour out on you!!

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