Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

The Difference is in Who is Beside you and What is Behind You

While in Hawaii last May I played a bit of a “dirty trick” on one of our Hawai’ian hosts. I used my iPad to show a beautiful photograph of the sun setting over a bay. “That’s beautiful, where were you— Mauna Kea beach?” “No,” I answered, “McClain State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!” Although it may be reasonable, but not intuitive, a sunset over the water looks pretty much identical whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or Lake Superior. Without any distinguishing features but sky and sea a sunset seen from the Keewenau is the same as that of Kona. The difference is in who is beside you and what is behind you. On the shore of the Keewenau there is the squeaky soft water soaked garnet san