My friend, may I ask you a question? Are those cold, dark days in our lives the perfect time to make our own lights grow brighter, our own hearts warmer, and our own souls sweeter?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
My Grandma Emma raised a family eleven during the Depression. While she learned to live simply, rationing food and handing down clothes, that never prevented her from enjoying a simple pleasure from time to time. I remember visiting her just a few years prior to her death. She prepared a lunch of bread and cheese for Grandpa and I. When we were finished eating and I was about to excuse myself from the table, she raised a finger indicating all was not yet done. She reached back to the china cabinet behind her and pulled out three peppermints from behind a plate. I asked her later why she hid the peppermints and she simply said, “Sunshine. It’s my “peppermint sunshine.”
That peppermint is something I’ve never forgotten. Though a simple piece of candy, it was witness to a woman who always had a reserve of joy ready when there was none to be had.
Here’s a thought from Joseph Mazzella: Winter in the mountains may be bitter with wind chills that can slice through three layers of clothes. There are also days with warm sunshine gently melting the shimmering white snow. Winter life has both its good days and its bad days. I think that our greatest triumphs come when we face those cold, dark, and difficult winter days of our lives with goodness in our hearts and God in our souls. Few things strengthen our joy like shovel- ing our drives and helping our neighbors to shovel theirs. Few things toughen our optimism and enthusiasm like facing the long, dark nights while still looking up to see the stars in the sky. Few things build up our love like meeting the bitter coldness of the world with the warmth of our own caring and giving heart. It’s those bitter, winter days that make the sweet, warm, and sunny days all the more enjoyable too. (Joseph J. Mazzella email@example.com)
Those cold, dark days in our lives are the perfect time to make our own lights grow brighter, our own hearts warmer, and our own souls sweeter. Like Grandma Emma, we need those little sweet things of life always at hand. Perhaps it’s a cherished photo or a favorite poem. Maybe it’s a peppermint. Whatever the case, we need to become experts in gathering the sunshine when we’re able. It’s the only way to shine when the only light we have is “peppermint sunshine.”
We pray. May the Lord make my New Year a happy one…Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes. Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path. Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships. Not by granting me unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where men and His cause need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help …God, make my year a happy one.—Guideposts magazine (January 1973). For Jesus sake! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.