The Son Is Shining

No, that is not a misspelling! It took me several minutes myself this morning before the Lord finally got His message through to my poor mind. It is a perfect day, though for His Words to come forth. We have been through a rough time as far as the weather is concerned. We are all tired of the dark, dreary days and have had more rain, flooding and loss of home and even life than we could want. It is undoubtedly a time for a change.

We have been confronted for many days with the harsh realities of this world both in the weather, our local politics and while often overlooked the growing dissatisfactions found in today’s world. Assuming that we can do nothing about any of those things we continue to mutter and wishfully think that surely tomorrow will be a better day. What will it take to make tomorrow a better day? Right! God didn’t plan on having to control all of our days; He gave us the option to make our days better and gave us the wisdom to do so as found in His Holy Bible. What are we waiting for?

A good friend once gave me a gift that is hanging on the wall where one can’t help see it as one rises to meet a new day. It is a grand reminder for life – Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. How often we let our emotions and actions result in what we see, as we rise to meet a new day. Shame on us! God not only gave us the option but intended for us to rule our surroundings by what we believe. We are a long way from the garden to the trials and tribulations of this day. Surely it is time to wake up to our responsibilities.

I can hear you saying – but I am just one person, what can I do. The Father didn’t create us to have the ability that only He has, but He did hope that we would carry on His desires for His world to the best of our ability. Surely that is what we should be doing each and every day that presents itself before us. Maybe if we had our world would be in a much better shape today. However, who is to say that we couldn’t do our part at this time and maybe others would see and follow suit and who knows, perhaps we could bring some beauty and peace back to our war-torn and confused world.

While it is true that we don’t individually have the power to do just that we have been given the ability to utilize prayer to relay our hopes to our Creator. I believe it is true that most of us want more than anything to have peace in our world and with the One who loves us more than any other. It seems to me I have heard “when two or more are gathered together.”

John tells us in the book of Revelation that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day (1:10) and that he heard behind him a loud voice saying – Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last (17). I wonder what ever made us think we would have the last word. Maybe we should take some time and ponder over who we want to have that privilege.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; 
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. 
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. 
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day! 

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the Joy Divine.