"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34)
It was a glorious, sunny day. The purple clouds of the morning had
given way to golden sunshine that kissed the world with its warmth.
Birds were singing in the trees even though Spring was still a few weeks
away. The breeze was fresh and clean and just being outside filled me
with joy. It was one of those special reward days we get from time to
time when both the weather and the world seemed right. I took some extra
time walking my dog and talking to God.
I thanked Him for
the day. I thanked Him for my life. I offered Him the rest of my time
here to share His love, shine His light, and spread His truth.
As I walked along
too I kept my eyes open for the first Daffodil, Tulip, or Dandelion to
pop its head through the soil. I knew it was only a matter of time
before the lengthening days and warming sunshine awakened them all. It
would be such a delight seeing them stretch toward the sun and share
their beauty with the world once again.
After a while I
kicked off my shoes and walked barefoot on the cool grass. I looked once
again at the sun shining down on us all. At that moment, however, I
realized something. While I have always been the happiest when the sunny
days of life blessed me with their goodness, I have grown the most when
it’s cloudy. Maybe that is why God gives us clouds and rain as well as
sunshine in this world. Our joy may be easier when the sunlight of
blessings fills our days, but our love grows the most when the clouds
block the light.
The next time the
clouds of life cover the sunshine above don’t despair. Turn to the light
that always shines: the light of God’s love within us. Let your own love
and faith grow stronger.
Use what you learn
to be better and to help others as well. Life is full of both sunshine
and clouds but the light within us can never be covered unless we let
By: Joseph J. Mazzella