Awareness and Surprise and Sunrise on a Cloudy Day
“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” Henri Nouwen
Sunrise on a cloudy day
As I attempt to watch the sunrise and sunset each day my soul is nurtured by knowing that no matter what the day or night has in store, there is always a new day, a new beginning and a new end. Even as I watch the sun rise on a cloudy day, my experience tells me that the sun is there. Sometimes little cracks of light break through at different parts of the sky. For a brief moment I look and see the sun shadowed by the clouds, and then just as quickly the shaded sun disappears a few seconds later when I turn back. I know it is there. Sometimes there are little glimpses, sometimes none. I realize this is my connection to God. Sometimes it is bright as the sun on a brilliant sunny day, sometimes cloudy, sometimes invisible, but I know the connection is still there. I know it. This is what the world outside daily, hourly, yearly tells me.