"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35 NLT)
I was walking my dogs on a dreary, dismal
day in November. A cold, misty rain was falling. The colorful leaves of
the month before were now on the ground slowly rotting away. The trees
looked like brown and gray skeletons in the woods. The grass in the
meadow had gone yellow and dormant as well. There wasn't a butterfly or
flower to be seen. Overhead the sky was a dozen shades of gray. Being
light sensitive I was finding it hard to keep my energy or spirits up as
I walked along. The weather forecast had said it might be days before we
would see the sun again.
As I tramped along the wet grass,
however, I suddenly saw a light. A tiny break in the clouds had appeared
and a sunbeam had shot through to the earth right next to me. I walked
my dogs over to it and let it fall gently on my face. It was so bright
and beautiful. I stood still and let it wash over me. My face felt 10
degrees warmer and I could feel the fire in my own soul being rekindled.
It was a wonderful reminder that the sun was still shining bright behind
It was a wonderful reminder that God's love is
always with us even on the darkest of days. The break in the clouds
lasted only a minute more but the light I took in from it stayed with me
for the rest of the day.
Sometimes we all need a little light to
keep us going when the world seems dark. Sometimes we all need a little
reminder of God's love for us to keep us strong and shining bright. And
sometimes we need to be that light ourselves.
The next time then
that this world seems dim and gray be the light that makes it bright
once again. Share your love, your warmth, and your smile. Give your
goodness, your kindness, and your joy. Break through the clouds and let
God's light shine through you.
Joseph J. Mazzella