The Joy That Comes in the Morning
In today's scripture Jesus predicts his death and tells the crowd, "While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light."
"Light," if we believe, comes to us in different ways at different times in our lives. I became aware of Jesus' light when I was 16 years old and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
There have been several occasions in my life, however, when darkness engulfed me so that I had to rediscover the brightness of light. The almost death of my husband in Vietnam was one of those times, and yet because I had the light of Jesus in my heart, I was able to cope. When our 24-year-old son Chip was killed in 1994 as a result of an automobile accident, light was unconceivable for me, and darkness overcame the bright light.
However, I had grown significantly in my spiritual journey, with much help from my active participation in United Methodist Women, and I was able to move forward. This fellowship of Christian women who stayed by my side and didn't allow me to lose my faith helped to keep my light shining, even is those moments of sorrow.
Just as I've experienced darkness in my life, the "joy that comes in the morning" has also happened over and over again. My marriage to my beloved husband of 46 years has certainly been a bright light in my life. The births of our daughter and son were bright shiny lights. And most recently, the birth of our granddaughter was a most bright light! There have been many other bright lights in my life as I have been so blessed over and over again.
Jesus wants us to serve him and to put our trust in him. United Methodist Women provides the opportunity for us to serve and grow in the light. We can be proud of the number of women, children and youth who are served as a result of our participation in United Methodist Women.
Praise be to God!
Eternal God, help us to always be thankful for your light. May we recognize your light as we go about our daily lives. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.