"Your Radiance" - BY: Melanie May

"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures" (James 1:16-18).

After prayerful consideration, I find so much reassurance that “Every good gift and and every perfect gift is from above,” (James 1:17). But what is good?

Sometimes "good" is hard to find if we do not spend our time daily meditating on God's Word, in searching our Father's heart and living out our faith. The beautiful birds sing and the flowers greet me early in the morning. In my quiet time, I humbly ask God to reveal himself to me so that the things I may do would be pleasing to Him. It is also a time of surrender, when I ask, "Father, guide me. Jesus, fill my heart with love and bless me as I give it. Even when I turn my sights outward, locally and globally, help me see the good."

A recovery, a healing, a moment of gratitude for all medical personnel, hope born out of faith that the “Father of lights” is always shining...shining as a light in the darkness, illuminating the heavens. Our Heavenly Father is shining like beam of hope, a light from heaven reassuring us that God the Father, the Spirit, and Jesus the Son, in whose name we pray, remains on the throne in heaven. When we look on the His creation, even in the midst of a pandemic, we can still see His light shine. We can choose to look upward and be grateful. And this Holy Week, we can humbly bow in reverence and honor that is due His name.

Today, may we truly embrace that we are God's “first-fruits” meant to continue building God’s kingdom amidst unfamiliar circumstances. We are not alone and others need our help and prayers. The light is shining. Reflect the radiance of the Father. Pray for others, and choose to see the good. May the Lord richly bless you today and always as you seek Him.

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