Scripture: Isaiah said, “O people of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:5, NEB

Forget Me Nots Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars,
      the forget-me-nots of the angels.
                (Evangeline; Longfellow.)


    We are by nature creatures of light. Total darkness leaves us disoriented. Sighted persons crave light, and avoid darkness whenever possible.  Even the shorter periods of daylight during fall and  winter months leave many of us SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder.) SAD makes us sad; “affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness, DOWNCAST”, according to my dictionary.
    Lack of light is not the only thing that may make us sad, however. Life is full of frustrations, pain, sorrows, and unfulfilled ambitions. We desire none of those things, of course. Our hope is to be bright and cheery, not gloomy, dreary, or dull.
    We counsel the downcast that ‘into each life some rain must fall,’ that ‘the night is darkest before the dawn,’ to ‘look for the LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.’ Easy to say, until it’s your umbrella that leaks, your candle that goes out, or your tunnel that ends in a blank wall.
    Climbing out of the pit of despair is not easy, but it can be done. The Book of Psalms bears evidence of this. If all you ever do is add grief to sorrow to despair (all minuses), what do you get? An endless circle of misery!  Negatives!
    What did the psalmists do? They added a BIG plus into the equation - they added God! They added light; they moved from downcast to upcast.
    Psalmists of old proclaimed the handiwork of God, as evidenced in the stars of heaven. And, yes, the stars are brightest when the night is the darkest.
    Think about  the observance of the Advent season. When times were indeed dark for humanity, God sent a great light into the world. John 1:5  affirms that the light shines on in the dark, and the darkness has never mastered it. The very stars of heaven announced His coming. The heavens were filled with light, and the splendor of the Lord shone round about the shepherds. (Luke 2:9)
    We become what we dwell upon in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
    In cooking, they  immerse meat in a flavoring sauce, called a merinade. Well, you can marinade your life with nastiness and sorrow, or you can look to light, joy, and the many blessings God gives us.
        Immerse yourself in looking for God’s gifts; shove the darkness behind the Son of God. Pick some forget-me-nots of the angels.

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