By Sister Marianne Ferguson
The author of Ecclesiastes says “Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.” One of the most beautiful moments as the day transitions into night occurs at sunset. Part of the delight in viewing sunsets are the varieties that occur due to the cloud formations. Color and beauty will always call forth the emotions of wonder, awe and gratitude. Sometimes storms obscure the sun, or clouds veil its power, 0r it appears changed by pollution or dust, and that can cause us to lose faith that the sun will return.
When that happens we need to recall the words of Ecclesiastes — the one constant in all this change is God. We can say with St. Paul that now we see through a glass darkly, but a time will come when the obscurity will be gone. We are often challenged by fear of the unknown as we witness and engage in life’s transitions; however as we watch times, people and places change, we can determine that hindsight can be most beneficial gift. Just as hindsight restores our faith in the return of the sun, so can meditating on the gifts of our Loving God, who gives us consolation that the One constant in our lives will never abandon us.