A Brilliant Smile

“‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭ Our eyes met and her very first response, the automatic one, was to smile. And oh, how that smile was appreciated. ItContinue reading “A Brilliant Smile”

Light That Leads to Life

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭ Incredible, what you can see with proper lighting. Like – where you are on the highway,Continue reading “Light That Leads to Life”

Light Eaters

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”‭‭John‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ “Everyone hold onto the rail please. I’m going to turn off the lights. You’ve never seen darkness like this in your life – it’s important that you be grounded and safe while the lights are off. Ready?” And – yep.Continue reading “Light Eaters”

The Lord Will be My Light

“Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”‭‭Micah‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭ It’s dark. So dark. And we haven’t even gotten to our darkest day yet. That day is several weeks in the future. Every twenty-four hour period untilContinue reading “The Lord Will be My Light”

Near

“We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭75:1‬ ‭ It’s dark. My eyes are struggling to make sense of my surroundings. I feel like I can’t tell where my feet are. It’s disorienting. I reach for my phone. “You don’t need your flashlight,”Continue reading “Near”

Chasing the Light

“Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ There’s no grump like a report card grump. Jaw clenched. Eyes on screen. Toes curled with determination. Body rigid. Mind completely consumed with one thought. Get. Finished.Continue reading “Chasing the Light”

On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭ I love sunsets. Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost? *contented sigh* The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos. I thoughtContinue reading “On Lamps and Such”

Mistress Moon

“God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars.”‭‭Job‬ ‭25:5‬ ‭ A magnificent creation, Mistress Moon. Her movements help us to measure time. Her gravitational pull marks out the tides and influences ocean currents, which in turn produces weather patterns. She illuminates the night sky, enabling the mighty predators of theContinue reading “Mistress Moon”

And Oh, the Glory!

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them…” Luke‬ ‭2:9‬ This is rime frost. It forms when cold water particles flying around on the breeze bump into something solid and stick – usually overnight. It is thickest when there is a repeat application – asContinue reading “And Oh, the Glory!”

One Child

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭ These beautiful words were written in the eighth century BC. Imagine. Hundreds of years before Jesus wasContinue reading “One Child”