Friday, February 3, 2017

Thoughts - February 2, 2017

"An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine,
but because people refuse to see it." James Michener.
When I first started on FB - gosh, it's been a number of years now - I chose this quote as one of my 'favorites'. It speaks of the frustrations I feel when folks put forth a gloomy and negative attitude concerning our world. Perhaps I've been a pollyanna-type a few periods of my life ('life is always sunshine and roses'....), but for the most part, it is simply a recognition that God is light. And God shines that light all the time. It's a promise and I've known it. Through grief, pain, and aggravation, there is light. Through heartache, separation, and judgment there is light. And it is up to me to reflect that light. If I am mean-spirited or cruel, the light is deflected. If I am focused on proving my way is right, the light is splintered. "Let me be" an example, a torch, a tiny glimmer of the Creator. At times, it is a whisper of a single candle. Or the quick whoosh of a match. At other moments, I am merely an ember in the old fireplace, waiting for the wind of the Spirit to fan the spark. And so it is for all of us. Hide it under a bushel? No!! - Beth Almond Ford

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