Summer in Fairbanks, a Slice of Heaven

Photo courtesy Kasuma via Pexels

Photo courtesy Kasuma via Pexels

This week is a big one for my hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, as we celebrate Summer Solstice. Though June 21st is the longest day of the year, it’s happily only one of over 70 days on which we receive 24 hours of daylight.

We Alaskans adore our summer sunshine and all its benefits, which include everything from the ability to grow massive cabbages to the luxury of being able to hike mountain trails late into the night.

But for me, one of the best things about 24/7 daylight is the freedom from the fear and gloom that seem to hover when darkness comes. I feel pretty safe walking downtown at 8 pm or 9 pm on a summer night, but come the dark of December, not so much.

I honestly feel like our 24 hours days are a little glimpse of Heaven. In Isaiah, we’re told that in the New Heaven and New Earth “Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light” (60:20, NLT).

Up here in the land of the midnight sun, we get a taste of what it will be like in eternity to live in the constant light of Jesus.

This week, in lieu of my regular post, I’m sharing a link to an article I wrote for my local newspaper. In it, I celebrate both the summer sun and the light of God’s Son.

You can read my whole article here.

I want to hear your thoughts too! Is there anything about where you live that speaks to you of Heaven and/or our future eternity with God? You can share in the comments below!

I hope you are enjoying some sunshine wherever you are! Happy Summer Solstice!


With love,

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“No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end” (Isaiah 60:19-20, NLT).


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