The sun rose this morning in Wisconsin, June 23rd at 5:11 a.m. and sets at 8:46 p.m. giving us 15 hours, 35 minutes, and 39 seconds of daylight. Contrast that with December 23rd when the sun will rise at 7:32 a.m. and set at 4:19 p.m. giving 8 hours, 47 minutes, and 27 seconds of daylight. The Summer Solstice took place a few days ago on June 20th. The days now will begin to slowly shrink down to that almost 7-hour difference by December.
Although we have much artificial light to help us function during the darkness, nothing can make up for that natural light of day. There is something refreshing and rejuvenating about the bright sunshine and extended time of light during this time of year. Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes states it like this: “Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 11:7, ESV)
Light was the first and only thing that God created on the first day of creation. Think about that.