“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