A wonderful winter sunrise over the Channel this morning. The sun is burning away just below the horizon, sending up a clear red glow, sharply delineating the edge of the Channel, which is a calm dark blue. The sky has a small line of soft glowing colours as the red shades into the blue of the early hours.
The morning star is sparkling above it all, with a few tiny black clouds very low on the central horizon. They are like punctuation marks, or musical notes in the song of morning.
And the red glow is reflecting along the beach in the pools left by the tide.
It is so easy to see the holiness of the world in the early morning. And I hope that somewhere along the South coast the beauty of this morning is causing someone to wonder about the Creator of it and begin to search for Him.
And I am thinking of those lovely words in Revelation, where Jesus says:
"I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star."
And also this:
"Consequently we have the prophetic word made more sure; and you are doing well in paying attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and a daystar rises, in your hearts." (2 Peter1:19)
Its a sunrise full of reassurance. And a powerful reminder to pay attention to the prophetic word. Otherwise we might lose hope. But the dawn will come, and we will have our 'exquisite delight in the abundance of peace' right here on the earth.