December 21

The memory of the righteous is a blessing. Proverbs 10:7

The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matthew 13:43

Each of our memory banks are stored with memories of those for whom we are grateful; whether it be a spouse, parents, grandparents, extended family, teachers, dear friends, work colleagues, children, etc. How long would your list be if you listed all of these people in your life? Mine would be long as I have had and still have marvelous people who add immeasurable richness to my life. They shine brightly in my memory bank. The legacy of faith instilled in my heart and soul at an early age; the ones who taught me the value of hard work, honesty, sharing, etc.; the ones who taught me to see irony and humor in life; the ones who taught me to listen, have empathy, and value the opinions of others; I could go on and on.

Our Father has blessed us with righteous ones to show us the way to his kingdom. We are grateful for them. Having such a legacy keeps us from being attracted to the darkness. Thanks be to God. We must also shine to transform the darkness around us into light. As the much loved hymn says, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” Let it be so.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

You know us well. You know there will be times of great difficulties for all of your children. Thank you for the people who lift us up at such times and who teach us to follow you and your precepts. Let us, in turn, be light to turn the darkness into light in the world. Amen.

Florence Smallfield