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Let The Light In

May 27, 2020

Let The Light In

“Then God said, Let there be light..” Genesis 1:3

For any pastor hospital visitation is a significant part of one’s ministry. During my 40 plus years career I visited Twin Cities, Detroit area, and Manhattan, Topeka, and Kansas City hospitals. One of the particular things I noticed in many of the rooms was that the blinds or the shades of the windows were drawn, allowing very little or no natural light into the rooms. Often I would volunteer to pull the window coverings up so the patient could see what was going on in the outside world, and, most importantly, to brighten the room. From a psychological standpoint, I felt the ushering in of light could help improve the person’s outlook on his or her condition. Most said yes to my offer, very few said no.

We know how important is to allow light into our own homes—I always thought the bigger the windows the better. We are designed to be a part of the outdoors, to let the sunshine in, to feel the gentle breezes, to watch the snow gently falling and the thunderstorms rolling in. When God said, “Let there be light,” He understood the power and the effect of light on our lives. It’s therapeutic and transformative.

The pandemic has driven us to stay inside more than we care to be, making it even more important to pull those shades up, open the windows, and let the light and the fresh air in!

Prayer: Gracious God, we are grateful for Your creation and the beauty outside our windows. Thank you for the light that brightens our lives. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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