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Sunrise by Simeon Lumgair

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

In Genesis we have been looking forward to the fulfilment of God's promises and ultimately the resurrection through Joseph's story. I thought of this piece when Alex preached on Jacob leaning on his staff, looking towards the promise land - Cat

In C.S. Lewis’ writing, we see the concept of the Shadowlands, the sense that there is something more to this life, that the shadows are passing. In the film of Lewis’ life, there is a striking quote from his wife, Joy, “We can’t have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today”. It’s the realisation that we live in a broken world, which has its mercies but also has its tragedies. That sometimes suffering is required to bring happiness in this time or another. The song Sunrise is set in the silence, the moment between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It recognises the confusion and deep grief that a dying saviour brings, but a hope that just as we see the sunset and rise each day that happiness could indeed come through suffering. Even when we walk through the darkest of valleys, there is a profound longing for a world beyond the Shadowlands - Simeon

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