22nd January 2020

You Are My Sunshine

“Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.”
2 Samuel 23:4 (NASB)

It’s raining – again! As a gardener I appreciate the need for rain with all the blessings it brings this nation. However, I confess grey skies that often precede rain can make me feel gloomy. The heavy overcast heavens loom large with impending precipitation. Black clouds appear to draw nearer to earth. Sometimes they are heralded by loud claps of thunder and arrive with streaks of lightning lighting up the area with peculiar flashes of light. Undoubtedly, these meteorological manifestations declare God’s power and majesty – yet for some people storms are frightening and alarming. Storms bring awe – but sunshine brings warmth and a feeling of wellbeing. Somehow it feels as though everyone smiles more when the sun shines. The author of Ecclesiastes 11:7 (NIV) wrote “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.”

Life often gives us metaphoric storms – trials that weigh heavily upon us. The joy of life and its happiness (sunshine) seem to have evaporated. Troubles never seem to come singly; they often bring their relatives – we can feel besieged. This is when we need to remember we are not alone. As He left this earth, Christ’s last promise to us was that He would be with us always – right to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). God keeps His promises – always. We are not alone in the storms of life. He is our shield and our sunshine “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). God has our best interests foremost in His heart.

We can walk through difficulties in the sure knowledge that God is with us and that by His grace we will all win in the end – Jesus has said so “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:43). Now there is a reason to smile regardless of the weather!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, you are the giver of all good things, we thank you for your amazing love that carries us through the trials of life. We yearn for the day when we will shine forth with you in your kingdom.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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