• Communication is a circle not a one-way line • The gift of language is a foundation upon which all is built • Fruitful communication requires more than one sender • Take care not to spend all your time in self-absorption • Touch another life in positive support and compassion • Affirm worth and heed subtle calls for help • Words once spewed from our mouth cannot be recovered • Flashy ads and gadgets can distract us from what matters • Seek knowledge with careful thought • Value learning for a fuller and richer life • When dark clouds gather we need each other • Giving someone your full attention is priceless • The sound of a caring voice can bring sunshine to a life • Listen to God who hears our calls
• Great leaps arise from great thought • Dive into good tasks with all you have • Jumping into things without thought can cause unwanted splashes • Our voices are heard in community • Speak with forethought as ears are listening • Sometimes we bellow to draw attention • Listening to constant bellowing can lead to depression • Overwhelming others for the sake of gain will backlash • Big eyes may cause us to overconsume • When we all want something only for ourselves things can get violent • The finest looking morsel can sour once gained • Night can blind us to danger or cloak us in peace • Wait and watch so you will be prepared • Good change grows as our Creator works
There’s another one! Tiny lights flashed in the summer night and children’s laughter rang out as we raced about the yard, catching the elusive lightning bugs and carefully placing them in a jar… Those lights drew us to their source, as we viewed them with the eyes of a child.
It seems that humankind shares that fascination with lights. The light of the sun brings warmth and growth, the shine of moon lights the way at night, and stars draw us to imagined patterns in the night sky. Candles are lit as symbols of celebration, mourning, or worship. Bonfires welcome gatherings. A light in a window, porch, or yard welcomes a traveler home.
How often do I take time to view life’s simple spots of light? The smile of a friend, the quiet contentment of home after a day’s work, the presence of family around me, the fresh smell of rain or supper cooking… These are all lights to be treasured and recalled, especially on days in need of encouragement.
I like the way light is often used as a symbol or illustration of God, of His goodness and truth. Like those tiny flashes in the dark of night, we are drawn in wonder to His presence. God surrounds us. He is like the sun’s warmth when we feel the cold of despair and the moon that shines the way as we stumble in darkness. He welcomes us and helps us to find our way.
And wonder of wonders, as His presence fills and surrounds us, our own tiny flashes attract the attention of others. They too are drawn to that source of light. As children, we open the jar and exclaim with delight as those lightening bugs once again rise together into the night sky. Flash! Blink! Light of promise… and joy… and God’s presence.
John 1:5a “The light shines in the darkness…”
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• Letting go of the crud that accumulates improves life • Troubles go round-and-round • Others can help clean the dirt from our life • Listening ears and a soothing touch carry away distress • A lack of drains makes cleaning more difficult • Drains can become clogged • Regular attention helps prevent built-up gunk • We often take assistance for granted • There is satisfaction in a task completed • I am grateful that the Plumber keeps the drain flowing