The Oasis - March 4, 2020
Author: Rev. Estelle Margarones
March 04, 2020
March 4, 2020
Rev. Estelle Margarones
In just a few days, I'll be celebrating one of my favorite days of the year. It's not St. Patrick's Day. It's the first day of Daylight Saving Time. After so many months of rising in darkness, I feel giddy upon waking to sunlight on that magical day.
Let me be clear, I am not at all a fan of switching the clocks (which we'll do on Sunday March 8). It's an odd machination, this synchronized springing forward. However, the end result is that it will stay lighter longer.
I crave the sun light and warmth and I am most alive in the summer. From a theoretical perspective, I can suppose that my physical body has a chemical need that is supplied by the sun (for example, Vitamin D). From an emotional perspective, I recall with fondness childhood summers at the beach. On summer Saturdays, I spring out of bed, ready to be productive. I remember telling a friend that I get more done before 9 AM than most people do all weekend.
Here are just a few benefits of sunlight:
* The sun triggers the brain to make serotonin which helps to promote a sense of calm.
* The sun provides energy that plants store and use in photosynthesis. A byproduct of this process is oxygen. (Is that one of the reasons God created a garden early in the Book of Genesis?!?)
* The sun provides light by which we can navigate.
* The sun can remove smells. (The UV rays kill bacteria so try it with a stinky kitchen sponge!)
* The sun provides warmth.
* The sun can transform water into steam.
The sun can do great things and the Son is even more powerful! Son Light is essential to Christian life.
The Son provides a sense of calm. The Son provides energy that sustains our very lives. The Son provides light by which we navigate. When something stinks, the Son can make it better. The Son provides warmth. The Son can transform you!
John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
2 Cor 4:6 For it is God who said, “Let the light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.