Thursday, August 26, 2010


Glory, Central KS
Grace, Central KS

One of the spectacular scenes displayed at sunrise and sunset, or for that matter, most any time of the day, is the creation of dramatic shadows or columns of sunlit air that stream into the sky. Smaller clouds blocking the sun create the columns of shadows and gaps in larger cloud formations create the columns of bright light. These rays have the effect of a visible blessing gracefully dispensed down to the earth for our renewal. How many of us have looked heavenward to instinctively receive these blessings?

I recently found it interesting to learn that there is a scientific term for this phenomenon--crepuscular rays. But I like to believe that when I see the rays streaming heavenward, the instinct is to see "glory” and when the rays are streaming earthward, it’s simply "grace".

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