One new thing I will add to my Thanksgiving list this year is Landon's Fire. Let me explain. When Landon was two years old and first noticed the afterglow of the sunset, he became so excited. " Look, Paw Fuji, it's fire!" Emory quickly explained that that was where the sun had gone behind the mountains. Since that time every sunrise or sunset that we have seen has been Landon's Fire. There's something special about Landon's Fire because each time the sun rises or sets it is a brand new feast for the eyes. Each one depends on the surrounding atmosphere. The more clouds there are nearby the more glow.
However, we can't look directly into the daytime sun unless it's filtered through clouds. We must keep our eyes lowered and just bask in the life giving rays. And what inspired me on our recent trip to the West is that the same sun shines on our loved ones, be they in the desert, atop Pikes Peak or even in far away Iraq. Wherever we are we can enjoy Landon's fire
God is like the sun. When He is looking directly at us He is so awesome that we can only lower our eyes in worship and bask in His life giving rays. But when the clouds of adversity threaten to block our view, we can look directly into His wonderful face and see His mercy and tenderness. Then when we are engulfed in complete darkness we can see His reflection in the moon and rest in peace, knowing the Son will come again tomorrow. And we can commit those we love to His never failing care. “Blessed assurance, … all is at rest. I in my Savior am happy and blessed.” (From "Blessed Assurance" by Frances J. Crosby, 1873)
"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised." Psalms 113:3 (KJV)
"Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." Isaiah 60:20 (KJV)
~ Rebecca Somoskey
(reposted by son Bill W.)