Friday, July 31, 2020

Year 8-Day 213: Today, I am grateful for starry nights.

"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the days. -Vincent Van Gogh 

What a great quote. Van Gogh is famous for "Starry Night" and one of his trademarks was "a touch of yellow". In the nighttime canvas, just a kiss of yellow can bring the warmth to the setting. 

One of the delights of growing up country style was the endless nights of starry skies. No city pollution to keep us from savoring a summer night under the stars. This time of year, a certain smell in the night air reminds me of church camp at Aroma Park, IL... county fairs... town festivals and starry skies. 

Those who think Hallmark movies are all fake have never spent time in a real small town. Yes, everybody knows your name and neighbors drop by with sweet treats and sweet corn. To borrow a phrase from the "Cheers" theme song, "Sometimes it's good to go - where everybody knows your name...." That makes me think of this favorite passage:

"He counts the stars and calls them all by name." -Psalm 147:4

The skies are full of twinkling lights; summer magic fills the night. 
Summer, it seems, is drifting by. I'm mesmerized dancing fireflies. 
Lift your eyes to the heavens, and you will see- 
The infinite majesty of God's midnight tapestry.  

Let your hurries fall away. Spend some time at the end of the day, taking in the stars.

Today, I am grateful for starry nights.

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