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As we approach the year 2000, I feel compelled as an artist to celebrate not the passing of the old millennium, but the beginning of the new millennium. To me, the new millennium represents a pivotal point in human history – a chance to change the world for the better.

As I ponder the events of the last thousand years, I see much evidence of the darkness of this world. Yet rather than spend our time curing the darkness, if each of us would let our light shine the world would be a much brighter place indeed. I truly believe that this next millennium will come to be characterized as the “Millennium of Light” and I pray my Sunrise, A Prayer of Hope for the Millennium of Light will be symbolic of a new dawning of God’s grace and love in the years ahead.

You cannot see the sun in this painting, but rather you can see the rays of light. The unseen sun is situated in the center, as God should be at the center of our lives. I even included a hidden cross in the rays of sunlight to go along with the three points on the cross and the three rock ledges to honor the Holy Trinity. Let’s pray together that God’s light will shine anew in this new millennium.

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden seven N’s in Sunrise, A Prayer of Hope for the Millennium of Light, as an ongoing and loving tribute to his wife Nanette.
  • Sunrise is based on a trip Thom and Nanette made to the Hawai’ian volcano Haleakala.
  • Instead of showcasing the sun like Thom likes to do, he showcased the ray of light in the center of Sunrise – symbolizing how God should be in the center of our lives.
  • Thom placed three rock ledges to complement three points on the cross, all to honor the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Title Sunrise, A Prayer of Hope for the Millennium of Light
Published December 1999
Subject Location Haleakala Volcano, Hawai'i

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