In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bride-groom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. – Psalm 19:4b-5
The ancient Greeks described the course of the sun as Apollo driving his brilliant chariot across the sky from east to west. Long before that myth, David used a different poetic image. The sun, he says, is like an eager bridegroom that emerges from his canopy, filled with the joy of his impending marriage, ready to run his life’s course.
What a wonderful way to think of the sun’s rising and setting. Not as a repetition we take for granted, but as a daily celebration of God’s bounty for our planet. With new awareness, we celebrate the joyous course of the sun as it dances on the surface of water, filters through trees, or paints its golden colors on the clouds of a sunset horizon.
Jesus once said, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” Mindful people train their lamps to see that sun’s radiance in all its forms, one day at a time.
Gracious God, thank you for the daily display of your goodness in the course of the sun. Amen.
-From Presbyterians Today