Lake Superior at Sunrise
January 07, 2016 • Leave a Comment
“A thrill of hope- the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
"Oh, Holy Night" – Cappeau/Dwight
As the new year begins, I want to share with you one of my favorite (only) images from 2015. I bring this to you from Union Bay on Lake Superior, just outside the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I awoke early on a late July morning, grabbed a light jacket to stave off the chilly dawn and made my way alone down the short path from the campground to the shore. Although I enjoy the solitude and the process of preparing for the sunrise, I also feel it’s a shame that more people don’t experience this.
A little secret
Let me share a secret with you: I’m not really a morning person- not without a few cups of coffee, anyway. In a prior job I embraced this, working late nights and weekends. I didn’t have to get up early, and in fact usually didn’t leave my apartment until the sun went down. I spent about six straight months literally living in darkness, through a cold Chicago winter. I didn’t mind at first, but with each passing night, the weight of that darkness bore down on me until I wondered if I would ever see the day again.
Maybe you have worked nights and know exactly what I am describing. Maybe you have been through pain, sadness, or depression that felt like this. You, too, know exactly what I am describing.
In this experience, the words of the hymn “Oh, Holy Night” became very real to me. The first verse gives a beautiful illustration of Christ’s incarnation as the dawn of the day we were always intended to live. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” Until you have experienced darkness that will not end, it is difficult to grasp the thrill of hope that comes when dawn breaks in a new day. Once you have seen and felt it, you cannot forget it.
With all this in mind, I experience the sunrise. I long for it. I wake up for it. Hope breaks over the horizon and fills my soul as glorious golden rays arc across the sky. In the new year, I pray that you might experience and know this wonder.
We hope to experience the thrill of bringing a child home through adoption this year. Proceeds from sales of this work and others in my “Photos for Grace” gallery will go a long way toward making that a reality.
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