Let it Shine -- By Joseph J. Mazzella

Some dear old friends of mine returned for a visit with me this evening. There were so many of them ,in fact, that they wouldn’t all fit into my house. We had our reunion in my backyard then. It was only fitting too since that is where we have had all our best times together. We have held this same reunion each Summer for a while now. I always get so much joy out of it. It is always such a delight to see my dear old friends, the fireflies again.

I hope that my friends continue to stay on in my backyard throughout the Summer. I always enjoy seeing them light up the large open field and woods beyond it. Their shining lights can be seen from the grass line all the way to the top of the tallest trees. They can make the mightiest Oak blink more joyously than a Pine tree at Christmastime. Seeing them lights up my own soul as well and always fills me with such love, peace, and happiness. They always remind me that no matter how tiny my own light seems at times I can still use it to help brighten the world.

I know that our own light can seem small at times. Just like the fireflies dancing in the night, however, every little bit of light we shine causes another to shine more of theirs. Their light then causes another and another to shine their light as well until the whole world is lit up by our goodness, life’s joy, and God’s love. We all may have just a tiny little light, but the light of God connects all of our souls. We all may have just a tiny little light, but every time we share it we help all of God’s Children to light up the world with His love.

Always remember to shine your light then. Let it shine through your laughter and smiles. Let it shine through your caring hugs and kind words. Let it shine through your loving heart, your joyous soul, and your oneness with God. Let it shine and inspire others to shine theirs’ as well. Let it shine all through your day, all through your life, and for all eternity.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  (Matt 5:14-16  NIV)

By: Joseph J. Mazzella