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Heavenly Sunlight

It was Sunday morning and I was in my chair reading my Bible. I was engrossed in the narrative of Exodus and did not realize that the sun was rising higher in the sky to the point it was shining in my face. My first instinct was to lean left to get out of the path of the sun’s rays, but I stopped suddenly. The last few days had been cloudy and a thunderstorm had moved across the mountain the night before. The bright sunshine was welcome.

So I closed my eyes and basked in the light. As I sat there, the orange-yellow I saw behind my eyelids got brighter and brighter until it was red-orange. I sensed the warmth from the sun even if I didn’t actually feel it. I thought of Jesus the Son and a line from Fairest Lord Jesus: “Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer…”

A few minutes later, I remembered Revelation 1:16 where it says of Jesus, “…His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” At His transfiguration in Matthew 17:2, it says Jesus’ face “shone like the sun.” I wonder if Peter, James, and John looked away or just closed their eyes and let the radiance of Christ’s glory shine on their faces. We read that “the Son is the radiance of God’s glory” in Hebrews 1:3.

Eventually, the intense light faded as the sun moved across and up my window on its path. As it did, I opened my eyes and began to hum the tune to an old hymn, the lyrics playing my mind: “Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight; flooding my soul with glory divine…”

It was Sunday morning and I was in my chair reading my Bible…

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