“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiates 1:9
The Sun, our home star, energizes the life of our planet from 93 million miles away. It has been doing that day in and day out for a very long time. When my perspective of change is tied to my own lifespan, it is easy to feel tossed about in dramatic arcs. To feel the peaceful constancy of the Universe, I need only to look up from my life.
While there is nothing new under the sun, there is more than enough that is new to me. If I ask around, though, I may find connections to the processes that continually have influence here and learn from them. That, I believe, is where wisdom is found. King Solomon might have been thinking about that when he set down the thought which opens this post.
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky.”
May you discover joy under the Sun and spread love generously, beginning with yourself!
Thanks to Amy for the inspiration for today’s challenge!
One of my favorite Advent anthems I used to sing with our church choir was titled “Anticipation”. It was a jewel of tight 20th Century harmony supporting a beautiful poem whose author I cannot find. It goes something like this:
The sky is black
The dawn is but a promise and here I wait
impatient for the light. My dearest friend is coming back Tomorrow. Anticipation fills the endless night and soon the sky will fill with golden sunlight. The day will break with joy beyond compare, and I will fly…I will fly… to meet him in the air.
I haven’t got the music or the lyrics to cite the source, but it haunts me in these long nights of darkness waiting for my dearest friend, The Sun, who warms me and enlightens my soul. Soon we will celebrate the Solstice, the return of the Sun, and days will lengthen steadily. That is a hope and a joy to anticipate!