As I looked at the clouds yesterday I could not help but think about all who are carrying heavy burdens. Social media provides an avenue for sharing information--sometimes too much information. However, it is also a mechanism in which people are able to ask for prayers as they experience a difficulty or hardship in life. I try to pay attention to those requests. There are quite a number of you who are dealing with a serious illness. Some of you are recuperating from surgeries and enduring physical therapy. Others are battling depression. Some of you are seeking work after having spent many years at the same company only to get laid off. Others are relocating due to finding new work and are struggling to cope with the stress of leaving family and friends behind. Some of you are dealing with heartache because of broken promises and shattered relationships. Others are grieving the loss of a loved one after many years of marriage. The light shining through the clouds is for each of you. Although the clouds may remain for a time, the light of Christ's love will flood through.
If you are hurting in any way today, please know of my prayers for you. I spent part of my lunch time sitting in church lifting you up to our dear Lord. I am confident that God will meet you at the point of your need. There is much more than a glimmer of hope. It is the all-out brightness of the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion, fellowship, and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. You may want to get your sunglasses as the magnificence of God's love completely envelops you!