Sunsets Give Meaning to Life

I have often wondered how many sunsets we actually get to see in our lifetime. I watched a beautiful sunset recently and noticed some older people coming down the beach to get a glance at a part of God’s creation. It reminded me of how our days are numbered in this life and that we should take every opportunity to enjoy nature and each other, because life here on earth soon fades just like this sunset.

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. (Psalms 92:10 ESV).

I thought about the wisdom and insight that seniors and older people have to offer their children, grandchildren, or anybody younger to share some godly or practical counsel. Ask some of these precious souls how they did it. How have you gone through this life even with the scars that show. What were some of the highs and lows of your life thus far? Even during this pandemic or some of the political upheavals, how are the older folks getting through these trying times since they have experienced setbacks before like the riots or war back in the 1960s.

My late grandfather Biagio who was a barber in Malden center for well over 40 years. He told me he was in a fox hole for six months in the war when he fought for Italy back many moons ago almost 100 years. That was one of his most difficult times as a young man. It was his faith and hope in the Lord that got him through. A cigar or some vino helped to cope with the duress.

Personally, I believe I have gained much wisdom spending time with older and much wiser people that have helped me to build up faith and hope, because I have chosen to spend ( or invest time) in older people. They should not be forgotten and be respected because they still have something to offer our generation. I like to call them anchors which help us stay firmly rooted and grounded. Like a boat an anchor holds it down so it does not drift away.

When their life is over and the sun finally sets on their life, then its too late. However, the truths, the examples, the memories remain. Mentors are people who can help us along our journey as well. The ultimate mentor is God’s son Jesus Christ who can and will guide and direct our every step if we are humble enough to seek him out.

The Lord , the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
Psalms 50:1 NLT

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalms 113:3 NIV

What I like about sunsets near the ocean or mountains is not just the amazing beauty of God’s creation, but it clears my mind to focus on the Lord. It offers hope to dream again and keep moving forward to make an impact in our world, even if it as small unseen gesture like visiting an older person who has not had company in a while. The reality is that both of us get blessed.

The sunset reveals to me a reminder that the sun shall rise again tomorrow. However, the beauty of tomorrow is that I can live in the present and not worry about tomorrow and that the Lord is us control of everything.

Today, or this week call somebody you know and say hello, stop and listen if you see them on the beach, in the supermarket, the work place, or at the doctor’s office. Maybe take them out for coffee, lunch, or take them for a walk and even a ride to go see another sunset! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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