I always loved the soft light of the evenings in Kenya. They do not last that long. I was always surprised that those long twilights that we have way up here in the North country are not there. The sun goes down and very quickly it is night. But those few moments of twilight always remind me of the evening prayer –
Joyous light of glory of the immortal Father,
Heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ,
We have come to the setting of the Sun
And we look to the evening light.
We sing to God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy of being praised with pure voices forever.
O Son of God, O Giver of Light,
The universe proclaims your glory.
We are living in the twilight of the world and the glory of God still shines in the face of Jesus and it is the church that witnesses to His glory. The Psalmist wrote (115) Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto your name give glory, for your mercy, and for your truth’s sake.
One of our tasks is to respond to God’s mercy to us by acts of mercy that we bring to others. Because of God’s great love for us we are bearers of mercy to others and it is not in sharing the Gospel alone, but also in deeds of mercy and care that bear that love for others around the world.