Later in the day, Ken and I decided to drive into Chicago so that Ken could photograph the sunset.
This was my view when we parked the car. Yep, that is the Adler Planetarium (with my shadow). We got downtown in record time for a Friday night, surprisingly by taking all back roads - no interstates or tollways! And then we actually found a great parking space (thanks to signs posted all along the roadway that said "NO PARKING". However on close inspection the signs were for TOMORROW! I am sure most people thought they could not park there today!) Ken set up his camera and I sat and watched the people and the lake. And the sunset!
As the sun dropped below the buildings, you could sense the coming darkness. But then the lights began appearing on the skyline. We stayed until the city was alive with lights. I couldn't help but see the connection between these two events today. Cheryl's life here on earth was done... you could sense the darkness coming....but then there was the amazing light of Jesus shining through. And you know that she is alive with Him, basking in His light. It was a perfect ending to this day.
Jesus, thank you for speaking to me so clearly today. Continue to bring peace and comfort to Cheryl's family and friends. Thank you for her church and Pastor Mueller. Holy Spirit, encourage all of us to take that jump off of the high dive, and become immersed in Jesus. Thank you for lakes and buildings and sunsets. Amen