January 26, 2014


“the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:16 (NRSV)

“You’re outstanding!” my husband Bill observes. “You shine like a bright yellow light!”

My color is due to jaundice caused by a bile duct obstruction. Waiting for a procedure to place a drain, Bill’s humor frees me from preoccupation with a serious medical situation. Laughing helps me avoid letting the light of the Lord dim during challenging circumstances.

Confronting previous health issues taught me crucial lessons. Caring about others during dark times keeps the flame of faith lit, rekindles hope and illuminates opportunities to serve.

I show a patient’s family advantages of the Caring Bridge website to communicate with loved ones. Telling my story about an earlier surgery encourages a man facing a similar situation. Listening to a night nurse describe joys and fears about her children validates her loving devotion toward them. As darkness turns to dawn, I exchange words of blessing with the lab tech for the day ahead.

Following hospitalization and several procedures, my jaundice resolves. What remains? The bright glow of Jesus.

Lord of Light, at all times give us strength to follow you, shining light into the world around us. Amen

In what situations does Jesus call me to shine today?

Written by Ronda Armstrong

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at theconnectioncafe@hotmail.com

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