April 26, 2021

Light Is Sweet

And there shall be continuous day (it is known to the Lord), not day and not night, for at evening time there shall be light.

Zechariah 14:7
Charles Timothy Brooks (1813-1883) was a Congregational pastor who, after decades serving churches in New England, was forced to retire due to failing eyesight. Though unable to fulfill his vocation as he was long accustomed, he continued to minister to others through verse. Here is one of his poems written as he neared death:

"Truly the light is sweet," the preacher says.
"Truly the light is sweet," my heart replies.
Sweet is the very memory of the days
when morn and evening light once blessed my eyes.

Pleasant it is, and goodly, to behold
the flower of day unfold from bud to bloom;
or noontide bathe the world in molten gold;
or eve’s lost fire, ere yet it sinks in gloom.

And oh! how sweet to see the stars arise,
as, one by one, each faint and twinkling spark,
from its far home in the unfathomed skies,
swells the vast host that lightens all the dark.

Truly the light is sweet, for God is light:
Each ray a beam from his eternal eye;
and in the sweet, mysterious power of sight,
my soul a kindred feels with worlds on high.

But sweetest is thy light, O Truth Divine!
thy light, O Sun of Righteousness and Grace!
that shows God’s writing on this heart of mine,
and lifts on woe’s dark seas the Father’s face.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
 1 John 1:5
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me, O God, to be totally myself in your presence, that your light may shine on all my life.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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