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 Your life is a gift, a grace to be earned and cherished. Many people step out of their ordinary lives, when they can, to live something or a place that is different from their norm. As your years go by, how can you weave together so many unique experiences? Do you feel that your special experiences are disconnected from your daily life?


The Sundowner understands the need for context and chooses this theme: All life on earth ends as the sun seems to end every day when it sets in the west. He chooses a place (a frame) to watch the sunset on every occasion. Enjoy the sunset alone, with interesting people or with someone special, with great food and drinks, in an exotic country, at a local outdoor restaurant, or from your back deck. Wherever you are, have been, or choose to be, the sun has or will set to signal the end of your day.


Notice how the mood changes as the orange and red hues frame the sun's blushing ball, especially if there are high clouds to the west. Have you heard the saying: "Red sky at night, the sailor's delight"? At sea, a working (sailor) seaman (sailor) hardly works much longer than an 8 to 5 day day day, in part because the sea beats ships and boats to pieces, and ships must be regularly repaired, maintained, and upgraded to remain seaworthy. Another reason: The work fills the otherwise endless hours of bobbing on the water while confined to a small space. With the crew worn out by the evening meal, a good captain allows his sailors to enjoy the sunset (unless they are on duty).


The science behind the pleasure of a red sunset is that the sun's rays bounce off the dust high in the atmosphere, which means that a high-pressure system (still air) can shake the sailors to sleep in their hammocks. Jesus commented on the setting sun. Web search Matthew 16: 2-3.


I have seen a painting depicting the "Last Supper", in which Jesus celebrated the first day of the Jewish Passover with his 12 disciples in the city of Jerusalem. Several of the disciples who shared this final meal with him recorded what they saw and what he said. The painting shows windows in the second-floor room, but I can't find any description of Jesus watching the sunset as he dined with his disciples and told them shocking things about the near future.


The Sundowner would agree that he should be there because the setting sun signaled the setting of the mortal life of the Son of God. Jesus shared the bread and wine with those who had followed Him in His ministry, and He linked (gave the context) his pending sacrifice to the food so that they would remember what He had taught them as they began their ministries in the days to come. There would be no Christian religion and Jesus' sacrifice would have been in vain for all of us if the 11 surviving disciples had not remembered the context of what they were taught and had not led the creation of the Christian Church. Jesus, as a mortal, came out like the sunset at his crucifixion. Then, three days later, he overcame death to rise and receive from God all authority over Heaven and Earth. Web search Matthew 28: 1-20.

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