KOEDYKER: Enjoying a sunset is enjoying God

What beautiful weather we have enjoyed this fall! It is great living in Michigan and being able to experience the four seasons.
Nov 3, 2013

Each season brings with its own unique beauty. The brilliant-colored orange, yellow and red leaves now surround us.

We live in such a beautiful place. I only wish that it lasted a little longer. But, that’s why we have to make sure we take some time to enjoy it now while we can.

This past summer, my family and I spent a week at a cottage on Crystal Lake, near Beulah. We had no agenda — just a lot of swimming, boating and good conversation on warm summer days. What a great time!

One of the most memorable moments for me was when we went to Frankfort to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan. It was a perfect evening and quite a crowd of people had gathered on the beach. As the sun edged its way downward, a hush fell over the area. And when the sun finally disappeared from sight, everyone applauded. 

I had never seen that before and I was moved by the experience. Here was God revealing himself in nature, and everyone clapped, acknowledging his handiwork.

Immediately, I thought of the verse from Psalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the works of his hands.”

It then dawned on me that enjoying a sunset is really enjoying God. That moment made me recall the words of a great historic Christian confession, which speaks of the chief end of man as being able to “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

The several hundred people or so and I had some special moments doing just that on a warm July night “up north” in Michigan. And I thank God for it!

The Rev. John C. Koedyker is now the pastor of congregational care for Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland.





The Pastor is correct and might I add, you are granted only so many Sunsets, Birthdays, School plays, Sunday dinners and don't forget to use up all your music notes too...do not leave this world with notes left in you! Life is no big deal but lots of little ones that become larger with age and time...do you remember the final time your child instinctively reached for your hand in the parking lot or crossing the street? Do not let the little miracles and blessings and things you will miss pass you by unnoticed, the email and text will wait, the bills will be there next month...take time to love, take time for others and be a blessing so that after your short time we have here you will be blessed for an eternity.


Yes, that is the culmination of the day. Sunset are worth celebrating. - Review Solution

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