“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father, who is in heaven.”
Thought for the Day: Set the Light out for all to see
Two things, two simple things brought me peace yesterday after ever so long. One was something I knew would bring me peace but I could not do it until the weather warmed. The other was something I looked forward to but didn’t think it would bring me such peace and joy. As I returned home from school, I looked out on my back patio and saw my folding chair that had been placed there a while ago. I had tried to sit outside before but it was just too cold, but this time I walked out and sat down. As soon as I did, I felt peace and sat for a wonderful amount of time before I was interrupted. It was precious time. Then, after I took care of my motherly deed, I went in our music room and sat at my baby grand piano that had been delivered about two weeks before. I am not a great piano player nor do I pretend to be, but I opened my music and began to play. As I played the notes (missing a lot) my thoughts got lost in the music and I felt peace. When I finished and walked out of the room, I excitedly said to my husband, “I played the piano!”. Now, I know that sounds strange, but my precious piano has found its home for the past 14 years in a corner bedroom of our previous house. It has been hidden from view and hidden from its beautiful sound because of the acoustics of the room. I felt as if an old friend had come home and that old friend brought me peace. And that old friend now has its own special place in our new home. Welcome Home!
A few hours after my time playing my piano, my family went out to eat and shared time together. My husband looked at me and said, “You sound like you are feeling better.” I had not realized it, but that short time outside and then my time playing the piano must have relaxed me by bringing me precious peace. As I thought about it, I realized that I really did feel more energetic than I had over the past “stress-filled weeks”. The scripture I decided on today is about not hiding our light. It sounds like a strange direction to go, but as I thought about not being able to sit outside or play my piano, it touched me that these things had been hidden from me. I then realized how much pleasure I felt when they appeared before me like the light on the hill for me to enjoy. God touched me with peace.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for bringing us peace when we need it. Through simple things, you bring that light of love and peace. Help us be a light to those around us today.
Prayer Focus: Those needing to feel peace