A new day dawning ...
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning. When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days. -Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 NLT
Each new day brings with it an opportunity to give thanks for it. The Psalmist tells us that we should rejoice and be glad in it because God has made the day. Jeremiah reminds us that God's mercies are new every morning. There is just something about the dawn of a new day that can bring hope to our souls. Even so, there are people all over the world who live in hardship and find it difficult to rejoice because of the darkness that a new day brings to them.
Looking back over my life I find that there are always things to praise God for even in the midst of dark times. Perhaps the way that we handle difficulty is the way that we can light a candle in the darkness? It is interesting how, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks of being salt and light to the world immediately after he speaks of his followers being persecuted. It is as if he is saying that our lives can shine the brightest when our days are the darkest.
Remind us Lord that we are sometimes the only light in the darkness. Help us to shine for you.