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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Marvelous Light

Photo credit: Elizabeth Bundy

Honestly, I avoid whining or ranting, so I'll try to be good here today as I tell you that I am NO fan of Daylight Savings Time, which saves neither time nor daylight in my book.

I wish Michigan, like Arizona, gave DST the cold shoulder. Indiana had the good sense to stay on standard time until 2005, but they evidently grew tired of being asked why they were on Eastern time for winter months and not for summer. Michigan and Indiana are so far west that we ought to be in the Central Time zone anyway. And Michigan is also so far north that the last vestiges of summer daylight don't disappear from our sky until 11 p.m. EDT.

Although I'd prefer Michigan use CDT, what I'd really like is no 'D' at all. Give me more sunshine in the morning, please. Because regardless of what I'm doing in the evening, I'll keep on doing it after sundown, whether by electric light, firelight, or in the dark. Dark doesn't slow me down in the evening, but it can sure make it hard to get going in the morning.

I can think of liitle in creation more sacred than a sunrise. Watching the emergence of golden light push back the dark is worth losing sleep over. I am at peace with dark of night. But I also loathe Darkness.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~ 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

I've spent way too much time in Darkness. I spent twenty-six years walking in Darkness before 1988, when I surrendered my life to Jesus and more fully experienced the "marvelous light" I'd discovered in 1985. Darkness obtained permission to attack again throughout 2010, and even now it licks at my heels and tries to bite. And of all the times I've engaged in spiritual warfare, there was just one occasion when I encountered Darkness face to face. I'm grateful that the blood of Jesus protects me from an eternity of that Hell.

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" 'And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' "
~ Matthew 25:30 (NKJV)

In sunrises and the Son is marvelous light. That pesky DST makes me wait longer for a sunrise. The Lord tarries and delays the Sonrise of King Jesus reigning on the earth. But in all the other times that my soul is parched for marvelous light, I never fail to be satisfied by cracking open His Word.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
~ 1 John 1:5 (NKJV)

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  1. I love the verse 1 Peter 2:9 ...especially continued through verse 13. So encouraging and meaningful!

  2. Inspirational. In fact you might say "enLightening." The Light is powerful, even more powerful than the sunshine.

    Living in AZ I never understood why the whole daylight savings time thing ever happened... I know the history of it, but it still doesn't make sense to me.

  3. Oh Anne, we are kindred hearts indeed! I loathe DST and the subsequent interruptions springing forward and falling back.

    Back when my (now 22 yr old) son was in the 6th grade, we were studying the election process and he had to come up with a campaign platform. He decided he would abolish DST and we both figured he'd no doubt get elected!

    Loved this post! I'm SO grateful that regardless of what time the sun rises or sets, the light of Christ shines within and around us. Thank you, Jesus, light of the world!

  4. Sometimes, Mary, I read the Bible and just stand amazed at how much God does for us and loves us.

    (I'll get back to your other comment later, when I'm on the computer for more than just a minute.)

  5. Floyd, I think Heaven will be the embrace of Light that we feel, hear, smell—maybe even taste.

    (Glad to know I'm not alone in my DST distaste.)

  6. Julie, I'll be happy to sign any petition you or your son get going. :D

    Morning at a morning hour is a wonderful way to meet the Light of the World in His Word and prayer. Living in Michigan (esp. in the winter) makes me love and appreciate light in all its forms ever so much more—not unlike the fact that living on Earth will surely make us appreciate living in Heaven ever so much more.

  7. Such power is the Light, blessings to you.

  8. Denise, I think we fail to even comprehend the power in Light, whether the Light directly from Jesus, or His Light reflected to us from someone like you.

  9. The photo by Elizabeth is so striking in combination with your words.

    Is she your daughter?

  10. Yes, Susan. Elizabeth is my daughter, with a sensitivity for beauty in nature and music, or wherever else she can create it. The photo is of the first frost, (I think it was the first one), taken on the Sunday prior to the Daylight Savings Time switch.

    (If you'd like a peek at my darling, she's pictured with her brother on another post I did: "Carpe Diem."


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