light: illuminating and offering us hope in the darkness

“However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.” ― Jeffrey R. Holland


Just as the soft rays of light
spill down a rock face,
gently probing each surface
when dawn breaks,

slowly illuminating, revealing
its many cracks and crevices,
may the hardened exterior
of my soul respond

to the light of holy love
shining on my flaws, my mistakes
with laser-light precision,
marked by mercy and forgiveness,
handled with so much grace.

And in this slow
awakening, may I not resist
its dart of golden beams
but yield to their inspection,

knowing their purpose
is to lead me deeper into
self-awareness so God can sift
the chaff of my circumstances,

as he notes where risen ears
of wheat might reside among
the tares and sharpest thorns

which require his infinite
tenderness, his wisdom in knowing
what to heal, to keep or reject.
© joylenton

Holy love illuminates our lives, illustrates our need for change, shines with glory and brilliance and offers us Hope in the darkness. God’s light is revealed to us in Christ and in a thousand tiny ways as we go about our daily lives.  May He give us eyes to see it and respond. 🙂 ❤

light - dawn breaking over rocks - illuminating poem excerpt (C) joylenton

light - Anne Frank quote about light - candle -

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

5 thoughts on “light: illuminating and offering us hope in the darkness

  1. Dear Joy,
    Oh, how grateful I am that He has given us His light and has
    “marked by mercy and forgiveness,
    handled with so much grace.”
    I so need that grace and mercy given as He shines His light on every weakness. What a precious thought to rest in, that nothing can hinder His grace from tenderly covering me. I will take that thought with me now as I head out tomorrow for more treatments. Thank you Dear Sister for your beautiful encouraging words here again. Blessings, love, and hugs to you across the ocean! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I hope and pray you are able to rest in God’s tender, covering mercy and grace as you endure the treatments before you. May you receive an extra measure of reassurance, hope and peace, with strength enough to preserve. May God’s Light and Love be revealed in small ways and large as you entrust yourself to the procedures ahead. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers, dear sister and cherished friend. Much love and hugs across the pond! xoxo 💜

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