May the splendor of your glory dawn in our hearts, we pray, almighty God, that all shadows of the night may be scattered and we may be shown to be children of light by the advent of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
At least every couple of months, I get up early and head down to the beach to try and catch the sunrise. Unless you live where there is a great view of the horizon, you cannot tell if it is going to be a good sunrise until you arrive. Even if there are no clouds above your house, there could be plenty on the horizon shrouding a spectacular view. Contrarily, if there are clouds above your house, there could still be a grand sunrise if the horizon is clear. The only rule for trying to see a sunrise—aside from being able to see the horizon–is this: you have to show up. And when you do show up, you should stick around even if there are clouds in the sky; sometimes there are spectacular sights when the sun pokes through an unseen break in the clouds. In our following of Christ, much is to be said for just showing up. I am not just talking about church on Sunday. Whenever God’s grace first dawns in our hearts, we have to be ready to greet Jesus.