Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Shining Through

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cloudy, overcast chilly, day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It isn't cold enough, but it sure looks like snow outside with the gray sky. The wind is blowing and , hopefully, it will blow this cold front away, and once more, we will have the sunshine and warm weather.

Yesterday the peacocks were preening and strutting in front of garage doors in the Park neighborhood. They seem to know that they show off best in front of a backdrop. They turn around and around with the fantails spread out, even if no one or a peahen is not there to see. We saw two gators sunning themselves on the banks... one of them looked so shiny and boneless, he reminded me of black licorice. Don't know why. God is good!

From the devotional Quiet Moments for Teachers:

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven".

A little girl was in a group of people being guided through a great cathedral. She was gazing intently at a stained glass window. For a long time she silently pondered the window . Looking up at the various figures, her face was bathed in a rainbow of color as the afternoon sun poured into the transept of the huge cathedral.

As the group was about to move on, she gathered enough courage to ask the tour conductor a question, "Who are those people in that pretty window?"

"Those are the saints," the guide replied.

That night, as the little girl was preparing for bed, she told her mother proudly: "I know who the saints are."

"Oh, " replied the mother. "And just who are the saints?"

Without a moment''s hesitation the little girl replied: "They are the people who let the light shine through."

As Christians, we are called to share the light of Jesus in a world of darkness. Like rays of light that break through gloom and darkness, we can bring hope and encouragement.

Remember, the light of your life gives those around you a glimpse of Jesus, the Source of eternal and constant light. As you let your light shine, it will grow brighter!

Should first my lamp spread light, and purist rays bestow.
The oil must then from you, my dearest Jesus flow.
Angelus Silestus

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,