I awoke this morning to brilliant orange sunlight breaking through the opening in my curtains right into my eyes.
Good morning sun, I thought. I know there is a book titled Good Night Moon … is there a morning equivalent?
Each and every day, to varying degrees depending on the weather and other sciency factors, the sun rises for everyone, everywhere.
Think about that. This same sun woke your ancestors. This same sun has shed light on good and bad alike since time began. This same sun shines on us and reminds us, to paraphrase L.L. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley, that this very day is a new fresh day without any mistakes.
We tend to focus too much on the mistakes, but the sun invites us just to shine, at least for a moment, before the clouds cast shadows and diffuse the light.
I am praying these days with a little book of meditations on the sayings of John XXIII. I happened upon this saying this morning, entirely appropriate for this train of thought (and heart).
“See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.”
The sun, like our loving God, sees it all. We see where the light shines and presume much in the shadows, at least I do. But today my prayer is that I focus on the good, give people the benefit of the doubt, and help shine the light where I can.