"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:14-16 NLV)
It was a beautiful morning. I was still asleep in my bed when the rising sun sneaked through
my curtains and tapped me on my eyelids. I quickly woke up and walked into my living room.
My cat was sitting on top of my desk soaking in the sun that shone through the widow. I smiled
at her as I leashed up my dogs and headed outside. I took my time walking them too. It was cold
and frost was on the grass, but I didn't mind. After weeks of overcast skies I delighted in the
light. I watched as the pink and purple clouds slowly turned a brilliant gold. Then I smiled up at
the sky and thanked God for the beautiful morning and for another day here on Earth.
Later in the day I was grabbing a few odds and ends at the local grocery store. I was
exchanging pleasantries with the cashier when I heard a giggle behind me. I turned and saw a
little girl holding her Mom's hand. She looked up at me and said: "You sing when you talk."
Her Mom looked embarrassed and apologized, but I just smiled at the little girl and laughed
along with her. It was only then that I realized that I had been feeling so fine on this glorious day
that my voice had even changed. It had become so light and airy that my "Good morning",
"Thank you", and "Have a great day" had taken on a song like quality. Instead of feeling
embarrassed by it, though, I felt even better. It was so wonderful knowing that I had been singing
when I talked and that I had made that little girl giggle with joy.
Henry Ward Beecher once wrote: "The sun does not shine for a few trees or flowers, but for
the wide world's joy." May the same be true for all of us. May we all share our love not just
with those around us but with everyone we meet. May we all shine our light not just in our own
homes but for the whole, wide world. May we all give our joy to God, ourselves, and everyone
else. And if a bit of song should sneak into our voices when we do then all the better.
Joseph J. Mazzella