I walked into my bedroom the other day and was greeted with the lovely sight
of sunshine streaming through the windows onto my roses.
It reminded me of warmth, happiness, and beauty.
Jesus taught us that we can learn much from the lilies of the field.
How do they grow?
By struggling and seeking to display their beauty?
No, they simply open themselves to the existing sun,
and in their sun-centeredness, they grow and become objects of beauty for all to enjoy.
The sun is one of the most important factors in nature's growth.
My friends, we also need sun for our souls -
the warmth of God's love and presence in our lives.
We were created for this in order to be complete persons.
Thou has made us for Thyself, O God,
and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.
- St. Augustine -
Sun of My Soul
written by John Keble
Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
it is not night if Thou be near;
O may no earth-born cloud arise
to hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.
When the soft dews of kindly sleep
my weary eyelids gently steep,
be my last thought;
how sweet to rest forever on my Saviour's breast!
Abide with me from morn till eve,
for without Thee I cannot live;
abide with me when night is nigh.
for without Thee I dare not die.
Be near to bless me when I wake,
ere thru the world my way I take;
abide with me till in Thy love
I lose myself in heaven above.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
- Psalm 84:11 - 12 -
Have a blessed and sun-filled Lord's Day, friends!
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