Monday, March 23
"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light." - Matthew 6:22
"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." - Matthew 5:14-16
Both of these scriptures have been my "go-to-passages" anytime I've been going through struggles. Like many over the years, there have been cancer scares, loss of jobs, deaths in the family, that have resulted in a deep sense of depression. Days turned into weeks, weeks somehow turned into months. At my lowest point, I decided to pray and open my Bible. I had hoped that I could find comfort and asked God to guide me to a passage that would give me comfort. It was these passages that I found.
Sometime later I realized that like Christ carrying the cross, we all have our own burdens to carry. But it is through these times that I became closer to God. These struggles have taught me to open my heart and eyes. Through the cancer, I learned I was stronger than I once thought. Through a job loss, I learned that I was open to new career possibilities, and through a death in the family, I learned empathy. So while we all go through burdens, we also grow in faith and a greater understanding of who we are as individuals and how we can make 'heaven on earth'.
"With one hand the past holds us back and the other moves us forward." Let the hand that moves us forward be the hand that makes us stronger.
Light of the World you shine down into darkness. Open my eyes, let me see. Amen