It was the so called "Super Moon" evening the other night. That is when the moon is at its closest and brightest point. I decided to take a break from the book I was reading and go out to gaze upon it for awhile. A gentle rain was falling as I stepped out into my yard and looked up at the sky. At first I thought the rain clouds would ruin my view, but it wasn’t long before they parted right where the giant moon was resting in the sky. It was so beautiful to see. The bright, shining face of the man in the moon smiled down on me while the golden light from it lit up the sky. I stood there for a long time soaking up the sight and barely noticed the cold raindrops bouncing off my balding head.
When I finally took my eyes off the sky, though, I saw something else
shining in the night. Dozens of little fireflies were blinking their own lights on and off. It
was so wonderful seeing my lightening bug buddies again. They had always made my Summer nights
more lovely with their lights. Their little blinks were so tiny compared to the giant,
glowing moon, yet they too made the dark, rainy night look a little brighter.
You know, sometimes I feel like one of those tiny fireflies trying to
shine my light in this world. God's love and light are so powerful and complete that my own
sharing seems unbelievably small in comparison. Yet, I know that if I don't shine my
light and share my love that this world becomes a darker place. I know too that the brighter I
blink and the more I love the more others will share their own loving light as well.
Don't let this sometimes dark world discourage you then. Shine your own light as brightly as you can. Invite others to shine theirs as well. Share your love with
laughter and joy. Grow in oneness with God. And your soul will always dance like fireflies in the
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand,
and it gives light to all [who are] in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16 NKJV)
By Joseph J. Mazzella