Sunsets, God and your favorite spots along Lake Erie – Faith & You by Terry Pluto

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Even when I went to church with the same enthusiasm I had for brushing my teeth, I knew there was a God… somewhere.

And I felt the powerful presence of God as I watched the sun go down over places like Lake Erie. I asked my readers on Facebook about it.

This led Tanya Baldwin Foose to write, “God lives at the line where water and sky meet.”

Just as I believe God’s signature can be seen at every sunset. Every night they are different. In Northern Ohio, we are blessed because we live reasonably close to one of the true Great Lakes.

You can argue that Lake Superior (my favorite big lake) or places on the ocean have even more spectacular views, but the big point is from Michael Roberts: “I love Lake Erie so much. It may sound corny, but I truly feel at one with the universe when I’m by the sea (salty or otherwise).

Recently my wife and I headed to the lake for a walk on the beach and a little swim. From our home near Akron we went to Huron (Nickle Plate Beach) and the port of Ashtabula (Walnut Beach). One east, one west of Cleveland. Both about an hour away.

We hadn’t done this in years and realized what we were missing.

Mark Zimmerman took this photo in 2016, “the lowest point of my life”. The sun sets over the cliffs of Lake Erie in Perry. Photo by Mark Zimmerman/Special for Cleveland.com

AS THE SUN SETS…

This comes from Mark Zimmerman:

“One evening in 2016, I was at the lowest point of my life. And then that sunset happened at Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry. I felt as small as I’ve ever felt, and I I was reminded again of the God who controls the greatness of what I saw (“the clouds unrolled like a roll”), and took care of the smallest details of my life. A month later, I was out of the valley. And grateful.

Zimmerman used a line of Revelation 6:14: “The heavens withdrew like a rolled up book, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.”

The power of light turning dark and then bright again. Sometimes the sun lights up the sky stronger than at any time of the day just before it sets. Darkness falls, and it’s as if “every mountain and island” disappears.

John Basch wrote that he sat in a picnic area in Bay Village near Cahoon Creek listening to the song “I can only imagine” by Mercy Me. Among the lyrics are these words: “I can only imagine what it will be like when I walk beside you…I can only imagine what my eyes will see…When your face will be before me… I can only imagine imagine.”

Sunsets can be a glimpse of paradise. But there is also the sunrise.

“I go early in the morning to Breakwater Beach in Geneva,” wrote Carol Janes. “I love being alone out there listening to the waves and watching the sky, the clouds and the birds… That’s where I pray.”

Patty White also loves Geneva: “On a clear day, you can see downtown Cleveland.

SUNSET THROUGH THE TREES

This photo was taken in Vermillion. Photo by Terry Pluto/Cleveland.com

POWER & GLORY

Mankind can control many things, but not “sunrise or sunset”, as it is said. in Psalm 113:3.

The lake, the sunrises and sunsets… and yes, the storms remind us of the power of God.

You can watch a million sunsets and sunrises and they’re like people in that respect – each one is slightly different.

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the heavens proclaim the work of his hands,” as it is said in Psalm 19:1.

Michael Mills wrote that he often went to Port Clinton and walked on the beach listening to the Rosary.

Charles Tillie wrote that he went to Edgewater Park to watch the sunset on the first anniversary of his father’s death. This is where his dad took a picture at sunset shortly after Tillie’s grandfather died, telling his son, “It’s daddy leaving.”

THE NOCTURNAL SIGNATURE OF GOD

The sun, clouds, and Lake Erie near Lakeside, Ohio. Photo by Roberta Pluto / Special for Cleveland.com

LAKE DIRECTION!

Maybe that makes you want to head to Lake Erie. Many readers have suggested their favorite Lake Erie spots. I can’t list them all, but here are a few:

  • Camp Luther, just west of Conneaut – Rick Jensen.
  • Lots of votes for Mentor Headlands – Jay Schmidt, Richard Ferrell, Dana Perusek and others.
  • Lakeside near Marblehead – Tim Schlotter, Carol Guardian Apple.
  • The mile-long Lorain Pier – Gregory Hardwick.
  • Beulah Beach between Huron and Vermilion on Highway 6. – Thomas Moyers.
AT SUNSET

A wide horizon near Huron. Photo by Terry Pluto/Cleveland.com.

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