Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

The snow has nearly melted here, and we finally saw the sun for several days this week. That in itself was exciting, and helped me to feel more alert, focused, and even joyful. There’s something that a sunny day offers that a cloudy day simply cannot, no matter how pleasant the activities of the day are. Sunshine brightens our mood, changing our countenance even as the landscape changes its own. How grateful I am that God created such a massive, burning ball!

Just as the sun affects our minds and bodies positively, the Son affects our minds and our hearts in a much greater way. Yes, I know it’s a bit of a lame sermon illustration, but if it’s true, is it really lame? Jesus Himself is the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Him “will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12).” That light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not—and does not, and will not—overcome it (cf. John 1:5).

The rays of the sun may brighten our mood for a moment, but Jesus brings eternal life, peace, and joy. True, we may walk through many cloudy days even while we walk with Him, but our promised reward awaits us. Oh, what a day that will be!

I hope you’ve also been able to enjoy a bit of sunshine these last few days. And maybe you can soak up the rays while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Over the past several months, I’ve been listening my way through the various seasons of CBC’s podcast, Uncover, and I have to say, Season 2 is absolutely breaking my heart. It investigates a plane crash that happened in 1965 and was no accident. Hearing the pain in the voices of the family members who were left behind when someone decided to end so many innocent lives all those years ago is devastating but the investigation is compelling.
  • Like tea in the morning? Here’s the difference between some of the most common breakfast teas.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Her Majesty the Queen is a fascinating figure in history.
  • Did you see the recent landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars?
  • Women are not the problem, but too many churches act as though they are. I once attended a church where the pastor would literally back away during any (extremely brief) conversations he would have with me or other women. It made us feel as if we weren’t worth his time, or that we were some dangerous threat simply because we were there and our very presence would cause him and the other men to stumble into sin. It’s not okay, and it’s not the way the Body of Christ was designed to operate.
  • Somehow I missed the news last week that Carman passed away.

He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:10-13
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