Sunrise in Belize


Sunrise in Corozal

Every morning, while I was in Belize, I awoke at the first light of dawn.  I mean, I woke in those moments long before the sun came over the horizon.  The Inn where we stayed is right on the Corozal Bay, and every morning the anticipation of watching the whole day begin had me out of bed before dawn, and ready for a photo shoot.  I was never disappointed.

I savor those quiet moments in the morning…  It is just me and my creator, and awe.  Though I’m no longer young in the eyes of some, I’m still moved by the majesty of it all.  I’m still in awe.  I’m still silenced watching the world arise.

People would pass by walking their dogs, or going for a run.   Delivery trucks were on their way to their destination and merchants were beginning to rustle.   But in the earliest moments of the day, it was me, perhaps a few coffee compadres’ and majesty.  Trails of sun streaks on crystal waters, hints of pinks and purples and blues in the clouds.  Surrounded by beauty there was stillness, quietness and time to ponder possibilities that lay ahead.

Did I loose a little (or more than a little sleep).  Perhaps, but I’ve always been an early riser.   Every sunrise was worth the loss.

Today, I was back in the wards…….   the hospital wards, before dawn.

No chance to watch a sunrise, only a chance to care for others who were robbed of that joy by an illness or health problem.  Too many little ones fighting for the chance to see any part of the day.   Too much to teach and learn, and too much work to do to help those who wanted too – embrace any day of life they were given.

I talked to students about it all at the end of the day.

Why do some not understand, this gift we call life.  It is a gift.

Why do some squander and abuse and ignore the beauty of it all?   Why do some of the youngest, and most fragile have to suffer?

Is it to soften the the rest of us, and show us that this life, despite it’s hardships and trials is worth living to the fullest.

I can’t answer that question, but I do know how profoundly it impacts me.  Every little one with a bald head, or an IV, or a parent who is worried, reminds me, that I have so much to be thankful for.

Even on my worst days, I have much to be thankful for…

So the next time I get a chance to shoot that sunrise, you can bet I’ll be there.   On that list of things to be thankful for, it is very close to the top.

Psalm 139: 9, 10

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.


2 thoughts on “Sunrise in Belize

  1. What beautiful sentiment and vision…………..I am honored to know you. Thank you for all that you do. May God continue to richly bless you.


  2. This is a lovely piece about levels of life it’s hard to talk about, but which are the most important.
    My wife and I lived with our three young kids on the bay at Corozal Town in 1983, and we saw many magnificent dawns.
    We say grace at every meal for the same reason — to give thanks. No matter whether we believe in a god or not, we are lucky to have food.

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